Hamburg survive relegation threat on away goals

The Germain giants will not suffer the indignation of their first relegation from the Bundesliga, having survived on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate tie.

Hamburg avoided being relegated from the top flight of the German Bundesliga for the first time in their history after winning a play-off against Greuther Furth on away goals on Sunday.

The first leg on Thursday between Hamburg – who finished third bottom in the top flight – and the second tier’s third-placed side Furth was a goalless draw, and Sunday’s return at the Trolli Arena ended 1-1.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga crucially gave Mirko Slomka’s side a 14th-minute lead in Bavaria, before Stephan Furstner equalised for Furth just before the hour.

However, the home side could not find a winner and Hamburg hung on to survive as a top-flight side.

The 1983 European champions will therefore remain the only club to have participated in the top flight in every season since the inauguration of the Bundesliga in 1963.

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Published: May 19, 2014 04:00 AM