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Hamburg confident of survival

Hamburg are confident they will avoid relegation on the final day of the Bundesliga season, despite falling to a fourth straight defeat on Saturday.

A 4-1 reverse at home to Bayern Munich means Hamburg can no longer climb out of the bottom three, yet a place in the relegation play-off will be theirs if they at least match the results of fellow strugglers Nurnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig on the final weekend of the season.

In spite of the scoreline, the prevailing mood was a positive one in northern Germany.

"The way we played today is what counts," said goalkeeper Rene Adler. "We can take confidence from the way we played in the first half."

Hamburg now travel to Mainz, who still need points to secure their place in Europe next season, looking for the result they need to avoid what would be their first ever relegation from the German top flight.

"We've just got to repeat this first half in Mainz," said Hakan Calhanoglu on his club's official website.

"It's good that the fans got behind us from start to finish, and we can avoid relegation together."

Coach Mirko Slomka added: "All three teams at the bottom have difficult away games, but our destiny is in our own hands.

"We can take a lot of positives from today, but we mustn't forget also that we lost 4-1."