Hannover 96 fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday, but their relegation would eventually be confirmed by Eintracht Frankfurt's victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday.
Red card: Bregerie (20')
Ingolstadt drew first blood in the tenth minute when USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales opened his Bundesliga account with a bullet header from Danny da Costa's cross. The Bavarians were not going to have it all their own way, though, and a red card to Romain Bregerie for a foul as the last man should have given Hannover hope. Instead, it was Ingolstadt who struck next with Moritz Hartmann heading through Ron-Robert Zieler's legs to push Hannover even closer to Bundesliga 2.
Hannover tried to respond in the second half with Salif Sane going close before Hiroki Sakai picked his spot in the far corner of Örjan Nyland's goal to slice Ingolstadt's lead in half. Felix Klaus narrowly missed the right-hand upright with the clock ticking down on the Reds' top-flight tenure. Hiroshi Kiyotake brought Daniel Stendel's team level late on to secure a point, but their fate was sealed by Frankfurt's victory at the Commerzbank Arena.
Man of the match
In addition to scoring his first Bundesliga goal, Morales rolled up his sleeves to help out when Ingolstadt were reduced to ten men, winning an impressive 77 percent of his tackles in the first half.
Hannover have been a fixture in the Bundesliga since 2002, finishing fourth in 2011 and twice competing in the UEFA Europa League. That 14-year stay would have been over with a defeat on Saturday, but Frankfurt's win on Sunday relegated the club from the Bundesliga for a fifth time.
- Morales picked his 30th Bundesliga game, and 22nd for Ingolstadt, to open his account in Germany's top flight.
- Ingolstadt did not score in the first 15 minutes of any game in the first half of the season - they have done it four times since the winter break.
- Hartmann's tenth goal of the season was his eighth at home - he has scored in the last four at the Audi-Sportpark.
Ingolstadt: Nyland - da Costa, Bregerie, Hübner, Suttner - Roger (c) - Groß, Morales - Hartmann (Hinterseer 59'), Lezcano (Cohen 73'), Leckie (Bauer 83')
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Hannover: Zieler (c) - Sakai, Sane, Milosevic (Fossum 46'), Albornoz - Anton, Schmiedebach - Sarenren-Bazee (Sulejmani 66'), Kiyotake, Klaus (Prib 80') - Szalai
Coach: Daniel Stendel