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Cologne returns to Bundesliga as 2nd tier champ

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014
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COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne defeated Bochum 3-1 at home to secure its return to the Bundesliga on Monday after two years in the second division.

Halftime Cologne substitute Marcel Risse cancelled out Adam Matuschyk's 42nd-minute own goal by equalizing in the 50th. Patrick Helmes made it 2-1 with a penalty in the 64th, after Bochum defender Jonas Acquistapace was sent off, and Risse set up Anthony Ujah to secure his side's fifth consecutive victory in the 81st.

Cologne, which was relegated from the top flight on the final day of the 2011-12 season, has an unassailable 10-point lead over second-place Greuther Fuerth with three games remaining.

The second division's top two teams win automatic promotion, while the club that finishes third plays off against the 16th-placed side in the 18-team Bundesliga.