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Hamburg hail Bundesliga survival act after defeating Karlsruher

Hamburg celebrated avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga into the early hours of Tuesday morning, while Karlsruher "felt like somebody had torn their heart out" following the 2-1 playoff defeat.

Ninety-one minutes into the second leg of the promotion/relegation playoff on Monday, Hamburg looked set to be relegated from the Bundesliga after 52 years in the division.

They had fallen behind to a 78th-minute goal by Reinhold Yabo, but Marcelo Diaz then converted a free-kick deep into injury time --...

Rafael van der Vaart set for Hamburg swansong in crucial playoff clash

Hamburg players salute their fans after beating Schalke, but Stuttgart's victory over Paderborn has them in the relegation play-off spot and will have to continue fighting to avoid dropping to the second division for the first time in their history.

Rafael van der Vaart is set to make his final start for Hamburg in the second leg of the Bundesliga relegation/promotion playoff against Karlsruher on Monday.

With the tie poised at 1-1 heading in to the crucial match at the Wildparkstadion, Bruno Labbadia's Hamburg must score in order to avoid being relegated to the second tier on the away goals rule.

Hamburg's injury and suspension problems mean 32-year-old Van der Vaart -- who will be leaving the club this summer whether or not they survive in...

Karlsruher hoping to end Hamburg's 52-year stay in the Bundesliga

Hamburg players salute their fans after beating Schalke, but Stuttgart's victory over Paderborn has them in the relegation play-off spot and will have to continue fighting to avoid dropping to the second division for the first time in their history.

Karlsruher are confident of inflicting a first ever relegation from the Bundesliga on Hamburg when they meet in Germany's relegation/promotion playoff.

The two clubs face each other on Thursday at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion for the first leg of a tie which will decide whether Die Rothosen get relegated to the 2. Bundesliga or Karlsruher gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

Hamburg claimed 10 points in their last five games to secure a place in the playoff for a second consecutive season, rather than...