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Hamburg suffer defeat, injury, fire, evacuation

Published: 24 Nov 2012 12:54 GMT+01:00

Hamburg's players are reeling after an unfortunate 24 hours saw a string of disasters befall the club before, during and after the game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday night.

It all began when Hamburg fans set off fireworks in the stadium just before kickoff, setting a giant HSV banner on fire, delaying the start of the game by five minutes while the fire brigade got the blaze under control.

The next disaster struck when the club's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart sustained a suspected hamstring tear during a tackle in the 29th minute. The 29-year-old star was left clutching his right leg and is expected to miss at least the team's next four remaining games before the winter break.

"It feels like a tear," the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid midfielder told Kicker magazine."It will be difficult to play again this year.”

Winners Düsseldorf went on to score two goals against the unlucky team, who trudged back to their hotel hoping to relax after a bad night.

But then to top it all, an alarm dragged the Hamburg players and the rest of the hotel guests out of their beds and into the street at 4:30 am. A fire extinguisher had been set off on the 12th floor, although there was no fire, wrote the paper.

The team seemed to take it all with good humour, however, breaking the news to fans with the following tweet: “Hotel evacuated. Weekend just keeps getting better.”

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Your comments about this article

16:13 November 24, 2012 by twisted
Who cares? Soccer is a dumb game played by little boys in shorts. Besides, I think the women's national team could beat any of the Bundesleague teams.
19:25 November 24, 2012 by Englishted
I do ,so if you don't why comment?

Dumb game ,

p.s. it is call football because you use your feet and a ball and is not played by little boys who are padded up so as not to hurt themselves and cry.
12:07 November 26, 2012 by raandy
Englishted, I hate it when they cry -:)

Soccer is the most democratic sport in the world, and the only true world sport. You do not need to be big or strong. You do not need all that expensive equipment to prevent crying , all you need is a field and a goal. Simple and exciting.
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