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.
FC Ingolstadt 04 2-2 Hannover 96
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.