FC Cologne Remain in Bundesliga Following Duel with Holstein Kiel

Friedhelm Funkel

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Cologne managed to put together a dominant performance with relegation on the line as they avenged a first-leg loss in the playoff vs Holstein Kiel with a 5-1 win that ensured a 5-2 win on aggregate.

Four total goals scored from both sides in the first 15 minutes led to one of the more exciting play-in/play-off situations we’ve seen in recent memory.

Swedish striker Sebastian Andersson found the back of the net twice in a back-and-forth first half.

Kiel won the first leg, 1-0, but Cologne’s win in the second leg kept the side in the Bundesliga.

Had Kiel won the series, they would have been promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in club history.

Swedish striker Sebastian Andersson struck twice in a chaotic first half .

Kiel actually dominated possession 60-40, but had just three shots on goal compared to 11 for Cologne. Lee Jae-Sung scored the only goal in the second leg for Kiel (4′).

Cologne was led by coach Friedhelm Funkel after the club fired Markus Gisdol recently with six games remaining in the season.

Funkel, known world-wide for surviving relegation battles, did his job as the side won three of its next six to make the playoffs.

Following Kiel’s loss, the only two promoted sides next season of the Bundesliga will be Greuther Furth and Bochum.

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