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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

Dompe's early goal was all HSV needed to pick up the three points, carrying out their side of the bargain. Now, all they can do is wait on Heidenheim's result against Regensburg...

Watch: HSV's promotion party ended late


Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
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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?

Ajdini wasteful

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?

Ajdini thwarted

A first shot on target from the hosts is ultimately easily gobbled up by Heuer Fernandes.

Sandhausen offering no threat

The hosts haven't troubled Heuer Fernandes between the HSV sticks
Goal attempts
5off target
0on target
8off target
3on target

Evenly-matched second period

Neither side have been able to work the opposition goalkeeper as we move beyond the hour mark.

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.

Back underway!

Just 45 minutes now left in this Bundesliga 2 season!

Half-time: Sandhausen 0-1 Hamburg

Dompe's early effort is all that separates the two teams at the interval. As it stands, Hamburg are currently in the second automatic promotion spot as Heidenheim are being held by Regensburg, but there is still time for twists and turns before the final whistle rings out across the country!
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Kittel denied!

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.
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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.

Dompe Dreamland

It's fair to say the winger enjoyed that opener!

Suhonen fires wide

The sub's mishit flies well wide of the mark.

HSV dominating possession

'Die Rothosen' could really do with a second to give them some extra breathing space even though are seeing the lion's share of the ball.
Possession (%)

First real sight of goal

Although Bachmann's header is well over the bar, it is something for Sandhausen to build upon.

Just wide

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

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
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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.

Happy man

The HSV boss will be delighted with what he has seen from his team so far. They look comfortable.

Huge chance

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.

Efficient HSV

Dompe's strike remains the only shot on target, but the visitors won't mind if that is still the case at the final whistle!
Goal attempts
2off target
0on target
1off target
1on target

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.

Dream start

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!
Jean-Luc Dompé
Goal probability
Goal probability
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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

Sandhausen subs

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

Hamburg subs

Raab, Mikelbrencis, Montero, Zumberi, Kisilowski, Bilbija, Suhonen, Heil, Krahn

Play-off watch

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.

Stat attack

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.

Personnel latest

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

Sandhausen were relegated after losing to second-placed Heidenheim on the penultimate weekend.

Watch: Hamburg 2-1 Fürth - highlights

Hamburg kept their automatic promotion prospects alive in their final home game of 2022/23.

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!