Hertha Berlin was left tottering on the verge of Bundesliga relegation on Thursday after a 1-0 defeat to Hamburger SV within the first leg of their playoff.
Ludovit Reis’ second-half aim in Berlin’s Olympiastadion gave the guests the sting forward of the groups’ return leg in Hamburg on Monday.
Reis’ tried cross dipped over Danish goalkeeper Oliver Christensen and went in off the far put up within the 57th minute to present Hamburg its fifth consecutive win.
Christensen was making his Hertha debut rather than the injured Marcel Lotka, who suffered a damaged nostril and concussion in final weekend’s defeat at Borussia Dortmund.
The playoff pits the crew that finishes third from final within the Bundesliga, Hertha this season, towards the third-place finisher within the second tier to see which performs within the high division subsequent season.
Hertha has been on this place earlier than, shedding the playoff to Fortuna Düsseldorf and dropping to the second division in 2012, whereas Hamburg efficiently staved off relegation via the playoff towards Greuther Fürth in 2014 and Karlsruher SC in 2015.
Hamburg, which was the one remaining membership to have performed each season within the high division because the Bundesliga was fashioned in 1963, was lastly relegated when it completed second from the underside in 2018.
Hamburg supporters set off pyrotechnics earlier than kickoff, sending plumes of smoke across the stadium, they usually celebrated wildly with extra after the ultimate whistle.
Hertha coach Felix Magath is a Hamburg membership hero after a enjoying profession that lasted a decade and the profitable aim within the 1983 European Cup ultimate towards Juventus. The 68-year-old was appointed Hertha coach in March to steer it away from relegation.