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.

Match stats

  • 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

As it happened