Hamburger SV narrowly escapes Bundesliga drop

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV drew 1-1 at Greuther Fuerth on Sunday to avoid the club's first ever Bundesliga relegation on away goals.

Hamburg finished 16th in the Bundesliga this season and drew 0-0 in the first leg of its relegation playoff against Fuerth, which finished third in the second division.

"We exhausted all our luck. We can't use any more next season," Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka said.

Hamburg started brightly, striking the post through Hakan Calhanoglu before Marcell Jansen's effort on the rebound was saved by Fuerth goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored with a header from the resultant corner in the 14th minute.

Fuerth equalized through Stephan Fuerstner in the 59th to ensure a frenetic finale.

The home side pushed hard for the goal that would have secured promotion at Hamburg's expense, only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny.

"He's a really great guy. He was sensational," Slomka said.

Drobny, playing in place of the injured Rene Adler, made several crucial saves late in the game to keep Hamburg, the only founding member never to have been relegated in the Bundesliga's 51-year history, in the top flight for another year.