BERLIN (AP) — This time, there was no miraculous escape.
Hamburger SV was finally relegated from the Bundesliga amid chaotic scenes on Saturday.
The only ever-present since the league was founded in 1963, “der Dino” went down fighting after 54 seasons by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1.
The game ended with lines of police on the pitch after fans behind one of the goals lit flares and pyrotechnics, throwing some onto the pitch and sending a huge cloud of black smoke over that side of the stadium.
Most fans reacted with anger to the disturbances, chanting “We are the people of Hamburg and you’re not!” and “Get them out!”
After flirting with relegation in recent seasons, Hamburg needed a win and a favor from already relegated Cologne against Wolfsburg to maintain hope of another escape.
But Wolfsburg’s 4-1 victory left Hamburg two points short of the relegation playoff…