There was chaos by football fans after Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 55 years – despite beating Monchengladbach 2-1. Flares covered the pitch as two lines of riot police lined up to try to restore order, delaying the match from ending.
Wolfsburg – who started the day two points above Hamburg in the play-off relegation spot – beat Koln 4-1 to hold onto 16th place, leaving Hamburg in the automatic drop zone.
Aaron Hunt put Hamburg ahead 11 minutes in before Josip Drmic levelled in the 28th minute.
Lewis Holtby put Christian Titz’s side back in front in the 63rd minute before Bobby Wood was sent off eight minutes later.
It’s been a disastrous season for Hamburg, who looked dead and buried when Christian Titz replaced Bernd Hollerbach in March.
On April 16, they were eight points off a play-off spot — despite having recently claimed a heroic 3-2 victory over second-place Schalke a week earlier.
Their next two matches pitted them against two of the three sides above them in Freiburg and Wolfsburg, and they managed to clinch a priceless six points with former Tottenham man Lewis Holtby the hero in both games.