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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 Hamburg SV 17 +19 36
2 VfL Bochum 17 +15 33
3 Holstein Kiel 17 +11 32
4 Fortuna Düsseldorf 17 +5 31
5 SpVgg Greuther Furth 17 +10 29
6 Hannover 96 17 +8 26
7 Karlsruher SC 17 +4 26
8 1. FC Heidenheim 17 +2 26
9 FC Erzgebirge Aue 17 +4 25
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 +3 25
11 VfL Osnabruck 17 -7 22
12 Nurnberg 17 -3 20
13 SSV Jahn Regensburg 17 -4 20
14 SV Darmstadt 98 17 -5 18
15 St Pauli 17 -7 16
16 SV Sandhausen 17 -17 15
17 TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 17 -20 14
18 Würzburger Kickers 17 -18 9