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Hamburg denied promotion
Incredible scenes as Heidenheim come from behind to beat Regensburg 3-2 despite being 2-0 down. A crushing blow for HSV, who must now dust themselves down and prepare for the relegation play-off against Stuttgart as they looked to secure promotion.
Full-time: Sandhausen 0-1 Hamburg
Watch: HSV's promotion party ended late
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Glatzel misses from five yards!
HSV's top scorer taps wide as a ball is fizzed across goal - could that come back to haunt him?
The Sandhausen substitute can't find the target as the final whistle that HSV are looking for inches ever closer.
Just under 10 minutes remaining
Can Hamburg hold on?
A first shot on target from the hosts is ultimately easily gobbled up by Heuer Fernandes.
Sandhausen offering no threat
Evenly-matched second period
Heidenheim pull one back!
Another twist in Regensburg as Heidenheim halve the deficit - nothing for HSV to worry about just yet, but a comeback could be on!
Regensburg 2-0 up!
More joy for the Hamburg supporters as Heidenheim fall two behind!!
Regensburg go ahead!
No more goals here thus far, but there has been a crucial strike in Regensburg - 'Die Jahnelf' have taken the lead against Heidenheim!! Hamburg are two points clear of their promotion rivals as it stands and, as long as they don't concede, Heidenheim need to score twice to move above them!
Off the post!
Hamburg almost score within minutes of the restart, just like they did in the first period! Heyer's effort looked to be drifting towards the bottom corner, but it hits the upright and bounces away to safety instead.
Just 45 minutes now left in this Bundesliga 2 season!
Half-time: Sandhausen 0-1 Hamburg
HSV then go down the other end and almost grab a second, with only Drewes' strong save preventing Kittel's volley from nestling in the corner.
Let-off for Hamburg
Diekmeier nips in at the back post and should really do better, only hitting a teammate with his effort rather than the back of the net.
Suhonen fires wide
The sub's mishit flies well wide of the mark.
HSV dominating possession
First real sight of goal
Although Bachmann's header is well over the bar, it is something for Sandhausen to build upon.
Königsdörffer already has an assist, and his deflected effort almost creeps in at the far post. Instead, it trickles out for a corner, but that is another warning sign for Sandhausen.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Schonlau has a fantastic opportunity to double his side's lead, but heads a corner over despite being unmarked.
Hamburg looking to turn the screw
The away team are dominating possession and look eager to move further ahead.
Glatzel already has 19 Bundesliga 2 goals this term, and he was inches away from his 20th, but mistimes his jump following a brilliant Dompe cross and can only now wide.
Early change for HSV
Not a substitution Walter would have wanted to make, especially so early into the game.
Benes fires over - and is in trouble
Benes tries his luck from distance, but his effort was always flying over. And he immediately drops to the ground, having clearly tweaked something - not the best news for Walter and Co.
Can Sandhausen turn it around?
The hosts' relegation to the 3. Liga has already been confirmed, but they will still be looking to claim the scalp of one of the Bundesliga 2's best teams.
Tim Walter could hardly have asked for a better beginning to this match for his side!
HSV already ahead!
Wow - what a start for the visitors! Dompe finds the back of the net with the first shot off the match, and it is a brilliant hit too. There's no stopping that and, as it stands, Hamburg are on their way back to the Bundesliga!
And we're off!
Hamburg get us off and running in this final game of the campaign!
On the pitch
We're almost underway!!
Hamburg are unbeaten in their last three games against Sandhausen, winning the last meeting 4-2. The hosts, though, haven't lost in their three previous games against Die Rothosen at home, so the visitors will be hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
Hamburg team news
HSV make two changes as they looked to earn promotion back to the promised land. Bakary Jatta's red card last week against Greuther Fürth means he is unavailable and is therefore replaced by Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer, while Ludovit Reis also picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign and is also suspended. His place in the first XI is taken by Laszlo Benes.
Sandhausen team news
It's five changes from Gerhard Kleppinger in his 100th (and potentially last for now) Bundesliga 2 game as a head coach. Esswein and Zenga are suspended, Framberger is out, and Okoroji and Ademi drop to the bench. In come Papela, Diekmeier, Calhanoglu, Evina and Kinsombi. It's a first appearance since the start of April for Diekmeier, who spent eight years at HSV.
Sandhausen starting XI
Drewes (c) - Dumic, Diakhite, Zhirov - Diekmeier, Papela, El-Zein, Calhanoglu - Bachmann, Kinsombi - Evina
Rehnen, Höhn, Ajdini, Sicker, Okoroji, Ritzmaier, Pulkrab, Ademi, Ganda
Hamburg starting XI
Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, David, Schonlau (c), Muheim - Meffert, Kittel, Benes - Königsdörffer, Glatzel, Dompe
Raab, Mikelbrencis, Montero, Zumberi, Kisilowski, Bilbija, Suhonen, Heil, Krahn
If Hamburg don't manage to pull off automatic promotion, they'll face the 16th-placed Bundesliga team in the two-legged play-off. The Dinos made it that far last term, a 2-1 aggregate loss to Hertha Berlin sealing their fate.
HSV have only won one of their last seven away games - 5-1 vs. Regensburg on Matchday 32 (D3, L3). However, Sandhausen are on a three-match losing streak and have only won once at home in 2023.
Sandhausen are without suspended trio Erik Zenga, Alexander Esswein and Ahmed Kutucu, with Hamburg's Ludovit Reis and Bakery Jatta also serving one-match bans.
Watch: Heidenheim 1-0 Sandhausen - highlights
Watch: Hamburg 2-1 Fürth - highlights
HSV will be promoted if...
... they win and Heidenheim fail to beat Regensburg, or they draw and Heidenheim lose by six goals or more at Regensburg.
What will it be for Hamburg?
HSV are guaranteed at least a place in the promotion play-offs, but could still go up automatically if results go their way on the final weekend. Can the Dinos finally end their five-year exile from the top flight? Stay tuned!