German Bundesliga - Round 1 of German Bundesliga play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Karlsruher 1-2 Hamburger (2-3 aet)

Hamburg players
Hamburg remain the only Bundesliga club never to have been relegated

Hamburg scored a 90th-minute equaliser to force extra time before extending their 52-year Bundesliga stay with a 3-2 aggregate win over Karlsruher.

After Marcelo Diaz's curled free-kick cancelled out Reinhold Yabo's composed finish, Nicolai Muller turned in with the tie five minutes from penalties.

Karlsruher saw a 120th-minute penalty saved but Hamburg would have won on away goals had Rouwen Hennings scored.

Hamburg remain the only Bundesliga club never to have been relegated.

The north German club have been ever-present since the league was formed in 1963, and last season narrowly came through another relegation play-off against Greuther Fuerth, winning on away goals.

And after finishing 16th in the league table again this year, Bruno Labbadia's side had to play Karlsruher, who finished third in the second-tier 2. Bundesliga.

Thursday's first leg ended 1-1 and Karlsruher went ahead in the tie when Yabo slotted home through Rene Adler's legs.

The home side were moments away from promotion when Diaz curled home his first ever Hamburg goal in the last seconds of normal time.

Having forced extra time, six-time German champions Hamburg, who had former Tottenham midfielders Rafael van der Vaart and Lewis Holtby in their starting XI, all but ensured victory with a second goal that left Karlsruher needing to score twice.

Hennings' penalty, awarded for handball amid protests from the Hamburg players, was then saved by goalkeeper Adler, playing against his former club.

Hamburg players
Adler saved a last-gasp penalty but Hamburg would have still progressed if the game had finished 2-2
Hamburg players
Muller came on as a substitute to score Hamburg's winning goal in extra time
Karlsruher
Karlsruher finished third in Germany's second tier this season and were seconds away from promotion

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich34254580186279
2Wolfsburg34209572383469
3B Mgladbach34199653262766
4B Leverkusen341710762372561
5Augsburg34154154343049
6Schalke34139124240248
7B Dortmund34137144742546
8Hoffenheim34128144955-644
9Frankfurt341110135662-643
10Werder Bremen341110135065-1543
11Mainz34913124547-240
12Köln34913123440-640
13Hannover34910154056-1637
14Stuttgart3499164260-1836
15Hertha Berlin3498173652-1635
16Hamburg3498172550-2535
17Freiburg34713143647-1134
18SC Paderborn 0734710173165-3431
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