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2018/19 German Bundesliga 2, Regular Season
  • Baris Atik (18', 37', 63')
  • Philipp Klement (10')

Paderborn seal fairytale promotion to Bundesliga

SC Paderborn completed a remarkable return to the Bundesliga next season despite a 3-1 defeat to Dynamo Dresden on Sunday.

Paderborn, who reached the Bundesliga for the first time in 2014-15, were relegated that season and again the following season to fall to the third tier. In 2016-17, they narrowly avoided a third relegation in three seasons (to the Regionalliga) despite finishing 18th, as 1860 Munich's administration error and failure to secure a licence to play saw them stay up.

Yet, incredibly, they finished second the next year to climb back up to 2.Bundesliga.

Knowing all they needed to do was beat or equal Union Berlin's result against Bochum to claim the second automatic place behind already-promoted FC Cologne, Paderborn went ahead in the 10th minute.

Germany under-20 midfielder Philipp Klement netted his 16th goal of the season, before Dynamo hit back quickly through Baris Atik.

Atik then scored again either side of half-time to complete his hat trick and seal the win, but Paderborn were promoted as Union drew 2-2 with 10-man Bochum.

Down 2-0, Union scored twice in the final 10 minutes but couldn't get a winner as they finished third in the league on goal difference (five behind Paderborn) and a point ahead of Hamburg in fourth. They will contest the relegation playoff against VfB Stuttgart.

German 2. Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Arminia Bielefeld 18 +14 34
2 Hamburg SV 18 +17 31
3 VfB Stuttgart 18 +6 31
4 1. FC Heidenheim 18 +9 30
5 FC Erzgebirge Aue 18 +3 29
6 VfL Osnabruck 18 +6 26
7 SSV Jahn Regensburg 18 +4 26
8 SpVgg Greuther Furth 18 +1 25
9 SV Sandhausen 18 +1 24
10 Holstein Kiel 18 -1 23
11 St Pauli 18 +1 21
12 SV Darmstadt 98 18 -5 21
13 Hannover 96 18 -8 21
14 VfL Bochum 18 -2 20
15 Karlsruher SC 18 -7 20
16 Nurnberg 18 -8 19
17 SV Wehen Wiesbaden 18 -14 17
18 Dynamo Dresden 18 -17 13