Fans protest after Hamburg's first relegation from Bundesliga


Hamburg has been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time ever, and fans are not taking it very well.

But Wolfsburg's 4-1 victory left Hamburg two points short of the relegation playoff place.

Hamburg were leading 2-1 in stoppage-time when referee Felix Brych stopped the game.

So maybe we can't be all that shocked that tensions boiled over when the Bundesliga's "Dinosaur", as Hamburg are known, said its painful goodbyes. Their 16th-placed finish in the league puts them into the two-legged relegation playoff against Holsten Kiel, the first leg of which takes place next Thursday.

Christian Titz's side had given themselves every chance of pulling off an unlikely escape, something that had become a speciality of their in recent years, but winning four of their last eight games was not enough to beat the drop.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim reached the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, who also qualified despite the loss in fourth place.

Stuttgart produced arguably the performance of the day, hammering Bayern Munich 4-1 at the Allianz Arena to leapfrog Eintracht Frankfurt - who lost 1-0 at Schalke - into seventh.

League president Reinhard Rauball handed the trophy to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who hasn't played since September due to injury and faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup. The Poland striker finished with 29.

That placing will see Stuttgart join Leverkusen and Leipzig in the Europa League, providing Frankfurt do not overcome Bayern in next weekend's DFB-Pokal final.

The cup victor qualifies for the Europa League, but Bayern has already reached the Champions League. The former defeated the latter 3-1, while Leverkusen defeated Hannover 3-2, in a series of results that saw all three sides finish on 55 points.