Updated: Friday, 16 May 2014 05:02 | By Agence France-Presse

Hamburg's top-flight status on line

Hamburg remain in serious danger of being relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time after being held 0-0 at home by Greuther Fuerth in the first leg of their relegation play-off on Thursday.


Hamburg's top-flight status on line

Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga reacts during the first-leg German Bundesliga relegation football match Hamburg SV vs Greuther Fuerth in Hamburg, northern Germany on May 15, 2014 - by Christian Charisius

The only club to have played in the Bundesliga top flight in every season since its inception in 1963, Hamburg's dreadful season saw them finish third from bottom and condemned them to a two-legged play-off against Fuerth, who were third in the second tier.

Hamburg, who were missing goalkeeper Rene Adler due to injury, thought they were in front when Pierre-Michel Lasogga headed in a Rafael Van der Vaart free-kick midway through the second half, but the goal was disallowed for offside and Fuerth will fancy their chances of clinching an immediate return to the top flight in the return.

"We put them under more pressure in the second half but not enough to score. The 0-0 scoreline is very dangerous. We will need to give everything on Sunday," said Dutch international Van der Vaart.

The second leg will be played at Fuerth's Trolli Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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