HAMBURG, May 19 (Bundesliga) - Hamburg rounded off a disappointing season in style on Saturday as their opponents Alemannia Aachen slipped out of the Bundesliga with a whimper.
Two goals in the first half from Croatia international Ivica Olic and a brace after the break from Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin gave the home side a 4-0 victory to lift them up to seventh in the table and a place in the Intertoto Cup.
But Aachen will play second division football next season after seven defeats in their last eight matches condemned them to a 17th-place finish, three points from safety.
Hamburg started brightly and deservedly went ahead on the quarter hour, Olic controlling Rafael van der Vaart's pass before firing the ball into the roof of the net from the centre of the area.
And the striker bagged his second on 27 minutes, shooting into the bottom left corner from inside the box.
Aachen were all but down at the start of the day, needing a huge victory as well as other results to go their way to get out of trouble, but almost pulled a goal back a minute later when Sascha Rosler produced a decent save from Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost with a long-range effort.
Marius Ebbers went close for the visitors immediately after the restart with a header which Rost saved down to his left, but Sorin made it three for Hamburg in the 54th minute, running onto David Jarolim's pass and firing into the top corner from the left of the area to round off a devastating counter-attack.
And the Argentinian full-back put the icing on the cake with four minutes remaining, shooting home from inside the area.