VfL Bochum and SpVgg Greuther Fürth secured promotion to the Bundesliga on the last day of the season. Holstein Kiel fell back to third after a home defeat against Darmstadt 98, but has the chance to play in two relegation games against the first division 16. 1. FC Köln to make the first move to the House of Lords. Second relegated is Eintracht Braunschweig.
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Bochum is back in the Bundesliga after an eleven year absence. With the 3-1 (1-0) win on the last match day against SV Sandhausen, VfL crowned themselves second division champions and celebrated their return to the upper house, where VfL last played in the 2009/2010 season. Sandhausen managed to stay in the league despite the defeat.
“It was a tough fight, we pulled it off mercilessly and are overjoyed that we made it,” said Simon Zoller Sky: “It was an extraordinary season, now there is a lot of tension. It’s unbelievable for the fans and the club, I’m very proud to play here.” In the decisive game for promotion, Milos Pantovic put coach Thomas Reis’ team in the lead (29th).
Sandhausen striker Kevin Behrens scored after about an hour to equalize (59th), before VfL captain Anthony Losilla made it 2-1 (78th) and Robert Zulj (87th) increased it with a remarkable free kick.
Fürth scores three times outnumbered
“That is unbelievable, the greatest respect. I am proud and just happy, you have to let that sink in first,” said Rachid Azzouzi, Sport Director after the game Sky. The Franks benefited from the simultaneous 2: 3 of rivals Holstein Kiel against Darmstadt 98.
With 64 points, Fürth advanced to the north German on the second promotion place.
For the time being, Kiel is the loser of the promotion three-way battle. Ole Werner’s team was defeated in Darmstadt 98 2: 3 (1: 0) and gave the direct ticket for the German elite class despite being in the lead.
The champion from 1912, who had impressively defied a mammoth program in the past few weeks, is now fighting in the relegation against 1. FC Köln on Wednesday and Saturday to be the first club from Schleswig-Holstein to play in the Bundesliga. In 2018, the KSV just missed the leap up in the playoffs.
Janni Serra headed Kiel early on (18th). Darmstadt’s top scorer Serdar Dursun hit back after the break with a brace (51st, 58th) and increased his account to 27 goals. Immanuel Höhn (75th) scored the third goal of the guests. Finn Bartels shortened for Kiel (87th).
Bochum continued to dominate the game even after the break, but initially couldn’t create any top-class opportunities. Behrens shocked the leaders after about an hour when he passed a long ball past the storming Drewes and shot it from a very acute angle (59th). Shortly thereafter, Robert Zulj missed the renewed VfL lead (60th).
Sandhausen was better in the game after the equalizer, Daniel Keita-Ruel failed because of the strong Drewes (69th). Bochum caught up after a short period of weakness and scored through captain Losilla to make it 2-1 (78th). After Zulj’s artful shot, VfL could no longer take the victory.
Sandhausen in Bochum initially more dangerous
Even before the game, Leitl had emphasized that what had been achieved so far was “a sensation” and went on to say: “We are willing to do everything we can to get promoted to the 1st Bundesliga.”
You could tell the hosts right from the start. Fürth started out focused and increasingly had more possession. In the back, the hosts defended compactly and left Düsseldorf little room. After a counterattack, however, met Peterson who finished at the height of the penalty area. Fürth’s goalkeeper Sascha Burchert prevented another hit after a counterattack by Rouwen Hennings (35th).
Despite the deficit, Fürth continued to play forward, but had to cope with Stach’s dismissal shortly before half-time, who, according to video evidence, saw the red card for grossly fouling Düsseldorf’s Appelkamp.