Hamburger SV bids farewell to the Bundesliga as this loss against Vfb Stuttgart condemns them to relegation, landing them in the 2. Bundesliga for the sixth time.
Vfb Stuttgart proved to be a formidable opponent in the relegation/promotion playoff. They scored an aggregate of six goals across both legs while conceding only once.
Hamburger SV took off to a blistering start in the early game, consistently creating attacking threats which resulted in the breakthrough of the opening goal within six minutes.
Hamburg showed a greater degree of resolve and continued to set the pace. On the left side of the penalty area, Enzo Millot sent the ball to Wataru Endo, who then played it across the goal to a five-man formation. Serhou Guirassy skillfully found the back of the net with a stupendous back-heel turn. However, after further examination, it was determined that Guirassy was just slightly offside when he attempted to make his move (16′).
Hamburger continued to dictate the pace and displayed a higher level of determination. During their dominant phase, the Swabians managed to score a goal that ultimately didn’t count.
After the break, a quick VfB goal crumbled Hamburg’s hopes: Endo sent Guirassy perfectly from the left to the sixteen, who put his right outside directly in front of the goal. Millot ran in there and hit the ball into the goal to make it 1-1 (48th).
On this evening, Millot received an opportunity to further add to his goal tally and secure a brace. Daniel Heuer Fernandes, the HSV goalkeeper, mishandled the ball during build-up play which allowed Millot to intercept and score to make it 2-1 (64’) for Stuttgart.
The final goal of the game was scored by the substitute Silas Katompa Mvumpa who was brought in during the 82nd minute. Hamburger’s attacking prowess was of no avail as they failed to capitalize on their chances.