Hamburger SV v Hertha Berlin – Football Match Report – 23 May 2022
Hertha Berlin maintained their top-flight status by beating Hamburger SV 2-0 in the second leg of the Bundesliga promotion-relegation playoff on Monday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory with goals from Dedryck Boyata and Marvin Plattenhardt.
Ludovit Reis’ strike in the first leg gave Hamburg a slim advantage and opened the door to a return to the top flight, but Hertha equalized four minutes into the second leg when skipper Boyata nodded towards the corner of Plattenhardt.
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Plattenhardt then doubled the lead after the hour mark, firing home a free-kick in from a tight angle that caught goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes off guard as the ball sailed over his outstretched arm and into the corner superior.
In a tense end to the game, Hertha played out the final seconds with 10 men after midfielder Lucas Tousart received a second yellow card.
But that didn’t matter as the Berlin side led by Felix Magath – a Hamburg great at the time – relegated his former club to another season in the second division.
Hertha, who faced a seventh relegation, had finished 16th in the Bundesliga to qualify for the playoffs. Greuther Fuerth and Arminia Bielefeld were relegated from the First Division.
Hamburg were looking to return to the top flight after a four-year absence. They finished third in the second tier with champions Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen winning promotion.