Astonishing fan chaos swarmed the ending of Hamburgs game against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
Despite winning the match 2-1 and finishing their season with a rare victory, Hamburg suffered relegation from the Bundesliga for the first time in 55 years.
With their drop down a division came mayhem at the Volksparkstadion – Hamburgs home ground – as flares covered the pitch with the subsequent smoke then filling the air.
Aaron Hunt fired Hamburg ahead after 11 minutes but Josip Drmic equalised for the away side in the 28th minute.
Lewis Holtby fired in the winner in the 63rd minute to ensure all three points – even if they werent to mean anything by the close of play.
And then it was just before the full-time whistle when the supporter chaos began.
Wolfsburg, who started the day two points above Hamburg in the play-off relegation place, beat Cologne 4-1 hold on to 16th spot and their top-flight status.
However, their victory left Christian Titzs side in the automatic drop zone with nothing they could do about it.
Die Rothosen finished the campaign on 31 points, with just eight league wins all season. A particular low-light was being on the receiving end of a 6-0 defeat inflicted upon them by Bayern Munich back in March where Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick.
Bundesliga relegation zone
15th – Freiburg – 36 points
16th – Wolfsburg – 33 points
17th – Hamburg – 31 points – RELEGATED
18th – Cologne – 22 points – RELEGATED
Chaos descends on Hamburg…
Their match is halted in the 90th minute as a section of fans react to the first Bundesliga relegation in the club's history. pic.twitter.com/U3Qn0H9I1y
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At the opposite end of the table, Borussia Dortmund hung onto fourth place and a Champions League spot through goal difference. They lost on the final day of the season 3-1 to Hoffenheim, but Bayer Leverkusen couldnt snatch the fourth spot due to a worse goal difference.
Bayern Munich finished first, Schalke second while Hoffenheim took third place.