Heidenheim prevailed in a dramatic season finale and played in the Bundesliga for the first time. Hamburger SV is suffering. The HSV fans are already celebrating the rise, but are bitterly disappointed.
Heidenheim fans celebrate promotion to the Bundesliga
After five years in the 2nd league, Hamburger SV celebrated the return of the Bundesliga they thought was certain, but then “Dorfklub” 1. FC Heidenheim sensationally passed: Heidenheim is after a completely crazy second league final for the first time in its club history promoted to the Bundesliga and becomes the 57th Bundesliga club in history. Coach Frank Schmidt's team used their match point on the last day of the second division season with a highly dramatic 3:2 (0:0) after a 0:2 deficit at Jahn Regensburg.
Hamburg fans celebrate too early
Heidenheim's winning goal by Tim Kleindienst came in the ninth minute of added time after Jan-Niklas Beste (90+3, penalty kick) equalized after the end of regular time. As in the previous season, HSV has to go into relegation. At this point, the HSV fans had stormed the pitch after their team's 1-0 (1-0) win at relegated SV Sandhausen and started to celebrate promotion. Too soon, as it turned out bitterly.
With smartphones in hand, they had to witness how Heidenheim equalized and finally scored the winning goal, which meant that Hamburg were relegated for the second time in a row. Opponent is VfB Stuttgart. The first leg will take place next Thursday in Stuttgart, the decision will be made four days later in Hamburger Volkspark.
Long stoppage time
Heidenheim, which is two points ahead of HSV in the had gone last matchday for a long time seemed to be on the best way to gamble away his lead. At the beginning of the second half, Regensburg took a 2-0 lead with a double strike placed (51st and 57th). Only then did the Heidenheimer seek the forward gear and drew hope from a Regensburg own goal (58th). At the end of regular time, the referee showed eleven minutes of stoppage time, which, however, extended to almost 20 minutes due to video evidence after a penalty kick and an alleged red card against Regensburg.