Hertha Berlin face relegation after 1-0 home defeat against Hamburg

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SV Hamburg drew first blood in their Bundesliga play-off tie with Hertha Berlin with a 1-0 victory in the capital on Thursday, leaving the hosts on the brink of relegation. Ludovit Reis scored the winner in the 57th with what appeared to be an intended cross from the right which sailed over debutant reserve goalkeeper Oliver Christensen in off the far post. Hamburg were the better team in the Olympic Stadium sold out with 75,500 fans and they are now well-positioned for the return leg at home on Monday in their bid for a Bundesliga return after four years in the second tier. Coached by former …

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