Former German Bundesliga champions Hamburg have suffered relegation for the first time after their demotion was confirmed despite beating Borussia Moenchebgladbach 2-1 at home on the final Matchday (38) of the season.
Aaron Hunt gave the hosts an 11th minute lead from the penalty spot after it was awarded via the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) before Josip Drmic equalise for Gladbach.
Lewis Holtby thereafter boosted Hamburg’s hopes of escaping relegation before his teammate Bobby Woods was sent off for two yellow cards.
The hope of beating the drop didn’t last long for Hamburg following VFL Wolfsburg’s 4-1 home win over basement club FC Cologne thus confirming their relegation for the first time ever in the league.
Wolfsburg secure the playoff spot with the win and will face Bundesliga 2 side Holstein Kein for the right to remain in the top division.
The league’s top two teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were both surprisingly on the losing side following defeats by VfB Stuttgart and TSG Hofffenheim respectively.
Stuttgart stunned champions Bayern 4-1 at the Allianz Arena while Hoffenheim saw off Dortmund 3-1 at home .
Matchday 34 Results
Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Hannover 96
Bayern Munich 1-4 VfB Stuttgart
Freiburg 2-0 Augsburg
Hamburger SV 2-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Hertha Berlin 2-6 RasenBallsport Leipzig
Hoffenheim 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Mainz 05 1-2 Werder Bremen
Schalke 04 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Wolfsburg 4-1 FC Cologne
Final Standings (Top 6):
1. Bayern Munich 84
2. Schalke 04 63
3. TSG Hoffenheim 55
4. Borussia Dortmund 55
5. Bayer Leverkusen 55
6. RB Leipzig 53
16. VFL Wolfsburg 33
17. Hamburg 31
18. FC Cologne 22