Hamburg out after 55 Bundesliga seasons

Hamburg CHAOS as Bundesliga side are relegated for the first time in 55 years

EPA Hamburg finished the season 17th in the Bundesliga table

German football club Hamburg have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history.

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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.

Dozens of riot police, several on horses, charged on to the pitch and lined up in front of the Hamburg fans, who lit flares and threw them behind the Gladbach goal when it became clear that the team was on their way to the second division.

"The diamond [club logo] and us as a club are strong despite this current moment and we will in the future again reflect that strength".

Hamburger SV were on Saturday finally relegated from the Bundesliga amid chaotic scenes.

Hamburg have long flirted with relegation, often finding a way out, but this season there was no great escape.

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

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

Even after going down to 10 men following Bobby Wood's dismissal in the 71st minute, Hamburg continued to hold on, hoping for a miracle that ultimately never came.

The clock had previously recorded the amount of time the club had been in the Bundesliga.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen might have pipped Dortmund to Europe's top competition on goal difference, but fell short in a 3-2 win over Hannover 96 and must be content with fifth place and Europa League qualification.

Leipzig also reached the Europa League after defeating Hertha Berlin 6-2.

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.

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