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Hamburg avoid drop to maintain unique record

Hamburg avoided a first relegation from Germany's top flight with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win at Karlsruhe in Monday's relegation play-off, second-leg, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

Hamburg avoid drop to maintain unique record
Hamburg are the only Bundesliga team never to have been relegated. Photo: DPA

Hamburg avoided a first relegation from Germany's top flight with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win at Karlsruhe in Monday's relegation play-off, second-leg, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

Replacement Nicolai Müller scored Hamburg's winner in the 115th minute, but Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler was Hamburg's hero by saving a penalty by Karlsruhe's Rouwen Hennings in the 123rd minute.

Adler's save means Hamburg win the relegation play-off for the second year running and sealed the come-back win.

It also meant Hamburg retained their status as the only team never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga.

After a 1-1 draw in last Thursday's first-leg in Hamburg, Karlsruhe had taken the lead at their sold-out Wildpark stadium when replacement Reinhold Yabo scored a 78th-minute goal.

But Hamburg fought back and with time running out Chile international Marcelo Diaz claimed a dramatic equaliser in the 91st-minute to force extra-time.

Müller came off the bench to break Karlsruhe hearts when he tapped home Brazilian defender Cleber's final pass for the winner which left Karlsruhe needing to score twice because of the away goals.

There was still time for more drama when referee Manuel Graefe pointed to the spot for a dubious penalty after judging Hamburg defender Johan Djourou had touched the ball.

But Hennings, the second-division's top-scorer, was left with his head in his hands as Adler pushed his spot-kick onto the post.

It denied Karlsruhe a return to the Bundesliga for the first time since their relegation in 2009 and they miss out on a spot in Germany's top flight alongside second division champions Ingolstadt and runners-up Darmstadt, who were both promoted.

Hamburg are the only club to have been in the top flight in every season since the Bundesliga began in 1963, but needed to beat Greuther Fuerth on away goals in a play-off to stay up last season.

Current coach Bruno Labbadia is the fourth trainer to take the helm this season, which saw them finish 16th in the table, while Freiburg and Paderborn are relegated.

 

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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