Hamburg edge past Karlsruhe in ridiculously dramatic relegation play-off [Highlights]

lewis holtby celebrates with hamburg fans, may 2015

Treasured Bundesliga institution Hamburg SV didn’t go under – to the second division, that is – after a dramatic day of relegation play-off action. But it was close.

Having drawn the home leg against Karlsruhe 1-1, Hamburg were behind on away goals and looked reasonably doomed when they fell behind in the second clash.

But Marcelo Diaz rescued their proud record at the death with a superb free kick. Not a bad time to score his first goal for the club.

Nicolai Muller managed to secure victory in extra-time with a winner five minutes before an anticipated penalty shoot-out.

There was still spot-kick action, though, as Karlsruhe were awarded a penalty in the last minute of extra-time, only for Rene Adler to save it, the big hero.

This is the second year in a row that Hamburg have narrowly won the relegation play-off.

If they are to retain their record then they cannot be back for a third consecutive year or surely their luck will run out.

Watch the highlights from a dramatic game of brilliant German football.

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