Hamburg relegated for the first time in their Bundesliga history despite Borussia Mönchengladbach win
Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, despite beating Borussia Mönchengladbach on the final day, with Wolfsburg going into the relegation play-offs after thrashing Cologne.
Hamburg 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals: 1-0 Hunt (pen. 11'), 1-1 Drmic (28'), 2-1 Holtby (63')
Red card: Wood (71')
It didn't take long for news of an early Wolfsburg goal against Cologne to filter through at the Volksparkstadion. HSV duly took the game to Gladbach, winning a penalty after the VAR called for a handball offence against Denis Zakaria to be reviewed. Aaron Hunt thrashed in the ensuing spot-kick, but Gladbach were level just past the hour-mark when Josip Drmic scampered clear on the break and fired high beyond Julian Pollersbeck. It wasn't all doom and gloom, though. After Bobby Wood side-footed wide, a vocal home crowd let their players know that Cologne had equalised in Wolfsburg.
Hamburg laid siege to the Gladbach goal after the restart, with Tatsuya Ito's deflected drive drawing a sensational save from Yann Sommer. Filip Kostic sent a header wide, before being denied at point-blank range by Sommer. Gotoku Sakai's acrobatic goal-line clearance kept out Oscar Wendt in a rare Gladbach foray, moments before HSV got the goal their dominance deserved. Ito slipped in Lewis Holtby, who fired into the bottom corner to give the Dinos a lifeline, but Wood's sending off coupled with another couple of goals for Wolfsburg sealed the last-remaining founding Bundesliga member's fate after 55 unbroken seasons in the top flight.
- Finishing ninth, Gladbach miss out on European qualification for the second successive season.Hunt has converted 11 of his 14 penalties in the Bundesliga.Drmic scored his fourth goal of the season. The Swiss striker made six appearances for Hamburg during a six-month loan spell last season.Holtby has scored five goals in his last seven games for the Red Shorts.Only Schalke’s Naldo, with seven, has scored more goals than Matthias Ginter’s six among Bundesliga defenders this season.
Hamburg: Pollersbeck – Sakai (c), Papadopoulos, Jung, Douglas – Steinmann (Ekdal 78') – Holtby (Waldschmidt 89'), Ito, Hunt, Kostic (Jatta 82') - Wood
Unused subs: Mickel, Ekdal, Müller, Salihovic, van Drongelen
Absentees: Mavraj (not considered), Walace (not considered)
Coach: Christian Titz
Gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt (c) – Hofmann (Traore 57'), Kramer, Zakaria (Cuisance 57'), Hazard (Grifo 78') – Drmic, Raffael
Unused subs: Sippel, Strobl, Herrmann, Jantschke
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Johnson (match fitness), Benes (foot), Stindl (ankle), Villalba (thigh)
Coach: Dieter Hecking