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2018/19 German Bundesliga 2, Regular Season
  • Jhon Córdoba (8', 41', 65')
  • Daniel Steininger (20' OG)

Cordoba hat trick sees Cologne promoted to Bundesliga

FC Cologne players celebrate after a win against Greuther Fuerth guaranteed them promotion to the Bundesliga. Getty Images

Cologne, who were relegated from the Bundesliga last season, bounced back at the first attempt as they guaranteed promotion on Monday with a 4-0 win at Greuther Fuerth thanks to a Jhon Cordoba hat trick.

Needing a draw to ensure their return to the top flight, the Billy Goats raced to a 3-0 half-time lead as they wrapped up the title with two matches to spare.

Cordoba took advantage of slack marking to give Cologne an eighth-minute lead before Daniel Steininger headed into his own net from a corner and Cordoba turned in Dominick Drexler's pass four minutes before the break.

The Colombian completed his hat trick with a header in the 65th minute as Cologne won promotion from the second tier for the sixth time since 1999-2000, and the fourth time as champions.

German 2. Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Arminia Bielefeld 23 +25 47
2 VfB Stuttgart 23 +15 44
3 Hamburg SV 23 +22 41
4 1. FC Heidenheim 23 +8 38
5 Holstein Kiel 23 +2 33
6 SpVgg Greuther Furth 23 +2 32
7 SV Darmstadt 98 23 -2 32
8 SSV Jahn Regensburg 23 -4 32
9 FC Erzgebirge Aue 23 -2 31
10 VfL Osnabruck 23 +3 29
11 SV Sandhausen 23 -3 27
12 St Pauli 23 -1 26
13 VfL Bochum 23 -5 26
14 Hannover 96 23 -8 26
15 Nurnberg 23 -9 26
16 Karlsruher SC 23 -10 24
17 SV Wehen Wiesbaden 23 -15 22
18 Dynamo Dresden 23 -18 18