Borussia Monchengladbach Fans Trolled Hamburg With Clock Banner Counting Down Their Relegation

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2018

Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time despite a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Flares covered the pitch and smoke engulfed the crowd at the Volksparkstadion, delaying the end of the match as hundreds of police and stewards made their way onto the field.

Former European champions Hamburg SV were relegated for the first time on Saturday, with their fans throwing flares onto the pitch as their team's record uninterrupted top-flight run since the Bundesliga began in 1963 came to a controversial end.

"This is an extremely painful moment for the entire Hamburg SV", said club President Bernd Hoffmann. "The club has lost one of its uniquenesses".

Some Hamburg players broke down and cried after referee Felix Brych finally ended the game after a long hold up due to the disturbances.

The game, which finally completed after a 10-minute delay, ended with lines of police on the pitch.

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"I can not imagine Hamburg without Bundesliga football", said club great Uwe Seeler, West Germany's first post-war soccer star.

Hamburg have flirted with relegation in recent seasons, but could not avoid it this campaign, ending up two points behind Wolfsburg for the relegation playoff place.

Hamburg had taken an early lead through Aaron Hunt before Gladbach's Josip Drmic levelled the score just before halftime.

RB Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin scored twice in their 6-2 demolition of hosts Hertha Berlin as they joined Leverkusen in the Europa League.

Bayern Munich, who sealed the title with five rounds to go, celebrated with the trophy and medals despite losing at home to VfB Stuttgart 4-1.

Stuttgart boosted their chances of Europa League qualification by taking seventh place, enough to qualify if Bayern wins the DFB-Pokal Final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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