Son Heung-min’s first professional team, German Bundesliga 2 (2. Bundesliga) side Hamburg, had their promotion celebration canceled with just six minutes left in the game.
“Hamburg fans stormed onto the pitch to celebrate their promotion to the Bundesliga, but quickly turned red,” the Daily Mail reported on Sept. 29 (KST).
Hamburg won 1-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 34th round of the 2022/23 Bundesliga 2 on Aug. 28 at the BWT Stadium in Zandhausen, Germany.
Despite the win, Hamburg (66 points) will have to play a promotion playoff (PO) to earn promotion to the Bundesliga, behind leaders Heidenheim and second-placed Darmstadt (67 points and above).
Hamburg was third in the league with 63 points before today’s match. If second-placed Heidenheim (64 points) failed to win and Hamburg won their final game, they had a chance to be promoted directly, bypassing the PO.
The problem was that the final match between Hamburg and Heidenheim was being played at the same time at the time, causing fans to mistakenly believe they had been promoted.
According to the Daily Mail, Hamburg took the lead in the third minute of the first half through Jean-Luc Dompe and held on for a one-point victory until late stoppage time. At the end of extra time, Hamburg had three points, while Heidenheim, whose game was not yet over, was trailing 1-2 against Regensburg when the game went into second-half stoppage time.
“Hamburg thought they had clinched promotion to the Bundesliga when the final whistle blew to seal a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. They rushed onto the pitch in celebration,” the Daily Mail described the situation at the time.
“But disaster struck when they pulled flares out of their bags and hugged each other on the pitch. Heidenheim scored two goals in the 토토사이트 last six minutes of second-half stoppage time to break the hearts of the Hamburg fans,” he continued, noting that Heidenheim spoiled the celebrations with a dramatic come-from-behind win.
A Jean-Niklas Veste penalty and a Tim Clendinste strike in second-half stoppage time gave Heidenheim a thrilling 3-2 win over Regensburg.
Hamburg fans poured onto the pitch and celebrated for a few minutes, only to fall back to the ground in disbelief when Heidenheim won.
Meanwhile, Hamburg’s opponent in the promotion PO will be Stuttgart, who finished 16th in the Bundesliga (1st Division) this season. Hamburg will play the first leg of the playoffs at Stuttgart’s home on June 1, with the second leg at Hamburg’s home on June 5 to decide whether or not they will be promoted.