Hamburg relegated for the first time in their Bundesliga history

Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, despite beating Borussia Mönchengladbach on the final day, with Wolfsburg going into the relegation play-offs after thrashing Cologne. It didn’t take long for news of an early Wolfsburg goal against Cologne to filter through at the Volksparkstadion. HSV duly took the game […]

Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, despite beating Borussia Mönchengladbach on the final day, with Wolfsburg going into the relegation play-offs after thrashing Cologne.

It didn’t take long for news of an early Wolfsburg goal against Cologne to filter through at the Volksparkstadion. HSV duly took the game to Gladbach, winning a penalty after the VAR called for a handball offence against Denis Zakaria to be reviewed. Aaron Hunt thrashed in the ensuing spot-kick, but Gladbach were level just past the hour-mark when Josip Drmic scampered clear on the break and fired high beyond Julian Pollersbeck. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though. After Bobby Wood side-footed wide, a vocal home crowd let their players know that Cologne had equalised in Wolfsburg.

Hamburg laid siege to the Gladbach goal after the restart, with Tatsuya Ito’s deflected drive drawing a sensational save from Yann Sommer. Filip Kostic sent a header wide, before being denied at point-blank range by Sommer. Gotoku Sakai’s acrobatic goal-line clearance kept out Oscar Wendt in a rare Gladbach foray, moments before HSV got the goal their dominance deserved. Ito slipped in Lewis Holtby, who fired into the bottom corner to give the Dinos a lifeline, but Wood’s sending off coupled with another couple of goals for Wolfsburg sealed the last-remaining founding Bundesliga member’s fate after 55 unbroken seasons in the top flight.

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