Rick van Drongelen has had a very painful day with Hamburger SV. The defender led with a own goal to a 5-1 defeat against SV Sandhausen, causing HSV to miss the playoffs for promotion to the Bundesliga. To make matters worse, Van Drongelen also tore off the front cruciate ligament of his left knee.
21-year-old Van Drongelen had to be replaced after 36 minutes. The serious injury was revealed during examinations in the hospital. The former Sparta player has been out of circulation for at least six months.
HSV will play again in the second Bundesliga due to the loss next season. The former top club, which also includes Timo Letschert under contract, finished fourth in the competition for the second year in a row, one point behind the number three.
The suffering for the fans of HSV is perhaps even greater if you consider that a victory would have been enough for the playoffs against arch rival Werder Bremen, which with Davy Klaassen managed to avoid direct relegation on the last day of play. Competitor FC Heidenheim itself went down 3-0 against champion Arminia Bielefeld.
Werder Bremen and Heidenheim will compete for the last place at the highest level on Thursday 2 July and Monday 6 July. Fortuna Düsseldorf and Paderborn are relegated from the Bundesliga.
Mario Gómez says goodbye in style
Besides Arminia Bielefeld, VfB Stuttgart will also return to the Bundesliga. The five-time national champion lost 1-3 to Darmstadt, but was already in second place. And so there was reason to party afterwards, with veteran Mario Gómez as the center of attention.
The 78-time German international, at the European Championship in 2012 with two hits still executioner of Orange, scored in his last game as a professional footballer.
Gómez (34) had his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season when he surprisingly helped VfB Stuttgart to the league title. That season, he was also voted Bundesliga Player of the Year
Gómez also became national champion with Bayern Munich (twice) and Besiktas. In 2013 he also won the Champions League with Bayern.
Gómez was active with Die Mannschaft at three European Championships and two World Cups. Only once Gómez was passed by national coach Joachim Löw for a final tournament, but that was the World Cup in Brazil where the Germans became world champion.