Rouwen Hennings of Fortuna Dusseldorf reacts after their German Bundesliga match against Union Berlin which saw them relegated. Photo: Maja Hitij/AP
Rouwen Hennings of Fortuna Dusseldorf reacts after their German Bundesliga match against Union Berlin which saw them relegated. Photo: Maja Hitij/AP

Fortuna Duesseldorf relegated after final day defeat

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 27, 2020

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BERLIN – Fortuna Duesseldorf were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after losing their last match of the regular season 3-0 away at in-form Union Berlin.

Duesseldorf knew victory would guarantee avoiding automatic relegation and put them into a playoff against the third team in the second-tier.

But goals from Union's Anthony Ujah, Christian Gentner and Suleiman Abdullahi sent them to defeat, allowing Werder Bremen to move above them and seal a playoff spot after romping to a 6-1 win over Cologne.

Duesseldorf ended up with 30 points and will join already-relegated SC Paderborn. Werder Bremen ended on 31 points. 

Werder Bremen extended their 39-year stay in the Bundesliga for at least another 10 days when they thumped Cologne 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation.

The four-times Bundesliga champions climbed out of the drop zone and leapfrogged Fortuna Duesseldorf to finish 16th in the 18-team table. They now face a playoff against the team that finishes third in the second division. Fortuna lost 3-0 at Union and were relegated.

Werder began the day as favourites to go down as they were two points behind Fortuna with a worse goal difference but raced to a 3-0 lead as Yuya Osako, Milot Rashica and Niclas Fuellkrug scored in a six-minute spell in the first half.

Davy Klaassen added a fourth after halftime, Osako made it 5-0, Dominick Drexler pulled one back and Joshua Sargent scored a sixth to leave Werder with 31 points, one more than Fortuna.

The two-leg playoff is due to take place on July 2 and 6.

Reuters

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