Hertha Berlin relegated from Bundesliga after conceding in injury time


Keven Schlotterbeck of VfL Bochum equalises the score at 1:1 during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Bochum 1848 at Olympiastadion on May 20, 2023 in Berlin, Germany.

Hertha Berlin was relegated from the Bundesliga after conceding in the fourth minute of injury time to draw with Bochum 1-1 on Saturday.

Former Union Berlin defender Keven Schlotterbeck headed the goal that sent Hertha down to the second division.

It’s Hertha’s seventh relegation from the Bundesliga. Only Nuremberg (nine) and Arminia Bielefeld (eight) have been demoted more times.

Hertha needed a win to postpone the relegation decisions to the final day of the season and it was looking good for the home team after Lucas Tousart finally made the breakthrough with a header to Marco Richter’s corner in the 64th minute.

Both teams hit the post in the final minutes before Schlotterbeck was left unopposed to head Kevin Stöger’s corner past Oliver Christensen in the Hertha goal.

It ensured Hertha stayed last with no chance of finishing above the bottom two. Bochum was not safe yet.

Schlotterbeck and his Bochum teammates ran to celebrate in front of the visiting fans, while the rest of the stadium was left in stunned silence. Some Hertha fans set off loud bangers that reverberated around Olympiastadion, while there were boos and whistles from some supporters when the team approached after the final whistle.

Schalke was in the relegation playoff spot after drawing at home to Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2.

Union Berlin missed the chance to consolidate its Champions League qualification spot after a losing at Hoffenheim 4-2.

Also, Cologne drew at Werder Bremen 1-1.

Bayern Munich hosted Leipzig later Saturday, knowing a win would put it within touching distance of an 11th consecutive title. Bayern is one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund with two games left to play. Dortmund faces Augsburg away on Sunday. In the final round next weekend, Bayern visits Cologne and Dortmund hosts Mainz.

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