Fans protest after Hamburg's first relegation from Bundesliga

Ruben Holloway
May 13, 2018

VfL Wolfsburg's 4-1 win over bottom club Cologne meant Hamburg's 2-1 home victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach, which was interrupted for 15 minutes due to the crowd trouble in stoppage time, was rendered meaningless.

While the Hamburg stadium famously has a clock that shows how long the club has been in the top-tier of German football, Borussia Moenchengladbach's faithful brought their own clock.

The six-time German champions, who won the European Cup in 1983, are the only team to have played in every single Bundesliga season since the league's inauguration in 1963, earning them the nickname "dinosaur".

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Protests from Hamburg fans delayed the end of their season finale in some chaotic scenes, but they could not halt the Bundesliga club from suffering relegation for the first time in their history.

Hamburg actually beat Gladbach 2-1 at Volksparkstadion, with goals coming from Aaron Hunt and Lewis Holtby.

Divock Origi restored Wolfsburg's lead from close range after the break and Robin Knoche ensured they would finish 16th with his 71st-minute effort.

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At the top, aside from champions Bayern Munich suffering a surprise 4-1 hammering at home to VfB Stuttgart in Jupp Heynckes' final game in charge, there was still the small matter of the top four places to sort out.

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki gifted Hoffenheim possession with a terrible clearance on 26 minutes, allowing Andrej Kramaric to fire the home side in front. Schalke had already wrapped up second place, but it was between Dortmund, Leverkusen and Hoffenheim for the remaining two spots.

RB Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin scored twice in their 6-2 demolition of hosts Hertha Berlin as they joined Leverkusen in the Europa League.

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Tassos Donis rocked Bayern again with a goal on the counter-attack before Chadrac Akolo and Ginczek struck to confirm the shock result.

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