Ham­burg’s first ever rel­e­ga­tion amid chaotic scenes in Bun­desliga

Ger­man foot­ball ● Cham­pi­ons Bay­ern spoil party with rare heavy home de­feat

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

This time, there was no mirac­u­lous es­cape.

Ham­burger SV was fi­nally rel­e­gated from the Bun­desliga amid chaotic scenes yes­ter­day.

The only ever-present since the league was founded in 1963, "der Dino" went down fight­ing after 54 sea­sons by beat­ing Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach 21.

The game ended with lines of po­lice on the pitch after fans be­hind one of the goals lit flares and py­rotech­nics, throw­ing some onto the pitch and send­ing a huge cloud of black smoke over that side of the sta­dium.

Most fans re­acted with anger to the dis­tur­bances, chant­ing "We are the peo­ple of Ham­burg and you're not!" and "Get them out!"

After flirt­ing with rel­e­ga­tion in re­cent sea­sons, Ham­burg needed a win and a fa­vor from al­ready rel­e­gated Cologne against Wolfs­burg to main­tain hope of an­other es­cape.

But Wolfs­burg's 4-1 vic­tory left Ham­burg two points short of the rel­e­ga­tion play­off place.

In­stead, Wolfs­burg will play Hol­stein Kiel, which fin­ished third in the sec­ond di­vi­sion, in a two-leg play­off to de­ter­mine which side plays in the top flight next sea­son.

Some Ham­burg play­ers broke down and cried after ref­eree Felix Brych fi­nally ended the game after a long hold up due to the dis­tur­bances.

Freiburg se­cured its sur­vival beat­ing Augs­burg 2-0. EURO­PEAN TICK­ETS BOOKED

Hof­fen­heim reached the Cham­pi­ons League with a 3-1 win over Borus­sia Dort­mund, which also qual­i­fied de­spite the loss in fourth place.

Bayer Lev­erkusen might have pipped Dort­mund to Europe's top com­pe­ti­tion on goal dif­fer­ence but fell short in a 3-2 win over Hannover and must be con­tent with fifth place and Europa League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Leipzig also reached the Europa League after de­feat­ing Hertha Ber­lin 6-2. SPOILED PARTY Bay­ern Mu­nich, which sealed the ti­tle with five rounds to go, cel­e­brated with the tro­phy and medals de­spite los­ing at home to Stuttgart 4-1.

League pres­i­dent Rein­hard Rauball handed the tro­phy to goal­keeper Manuel Neuer, who hasn't played since Septem­ber due to in­jury and faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.

Bay­ern's Robert Le­wandowski re­ceived the top-scorer tro­phy for the third time. The Poland striker fin­ished with 29.

Stuttgart boosted its chances of Europa League qual­i­fi­ca­tion by tak­ing sev­enth place, enough to qual­ify if Bay­ern wins the Ger­man Cup fi­nal against Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt.

Thomas Mueller lifts the Bun­desliga winners tro­phy

Bay­ern's Robert Le­wandowski shows the tro­phy as best scorer of the Bun­desliga

Po­lice of­fi­cers and se­cu­rity staff stand on the pitch when sup­port­ers light fire­works just be­fore the end of the match be­tween Ham­burger and Moenchenglad­bach

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