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2018/19 German Bundesliga 2, Regular Season
  • Jhon C√≥rdoba (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 Hamburg SV 9 +14 20
2 VfB Stuttgart 9 +6 20
3 Arminia Bielefeld 9 +9 18
4 FC Erzgebirge Aue 10 +2 18
5 SpVgg Greuther Furth 10 -3 14
6 St Pauli 9 +2 13
7 Nurnberg 10 0 13
8 1. FC Heidenheim 9 +2 12
9 SV Sandhausen 9 0 12
10 Karlsruher SC 9 -2 12
11 SSV Jahn Regensburg 9 +3 11
12 Hannover 96 9 -4 11
13 VfL Osnabruck 9 +1 10
14 Dynamo Dresden 10 -8 9
15 VfL Bochum 9 -3 8
16 Holstein Kiel 9 -4 8
17 SV Darmstadt 98 9 -4 8
18 SV Wehen Wiesbaden 9 -11 7