Five years ago, Hamburg lost the privilege of being the only club in Germany without relegation from the Bundesliga. That sporting milestone forced him to spend the last five years in search of returning to the top flight, which seemed to materialize this Sunday. Even after their 1-0 win at Sandhausen, their fans believed they had fulfilled that goal and invaded the pitch to celebrate. But Heidenheim came back from two goals down in stoppage time (in the 91st and 99th minutes) to get their first promotion to the First Division.
Twenty-four hours after the exciting definition for the title between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the last date of the Bundesliga.2 was played, which was held this Sunday and where it was reached with the certification that Darmstadt was one of the promoted a week ago (with 67 points), so the other direct ticket was disputed by Heidenheim (64) and Hamburg (63) hand in hand.
Everything was rosy (or indeed blue and white) for Hamburg. Jean-Luc Dompé put the 1-0 at three minutes and everything moved to the city of Regensburg, in Bavaria. At the Jahn Regensburg stadium, Heidenheim lost 0-2 at the start of the second half, so it was left without the option of direct promotion.
He discounted in the 58th minute and, until the 93rd, everything seemed decided. But there appeared Jan-Niklas Beste, excanterano of Dortmund, to score the 2-2 penalty and in the 98′, Kleindienst, signed the goal of promotion to the Bundesliga for Heidenheim.
Hamburg must now recover quickly from the emotional blow, with the first leg of the promotion play-off at home to Stuttgart on Thursday and the return leg, at home, four days later.