Holstein Kiel Earns First Ever Promotion To Bundesliga


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Benedikt Pichler’s early goal was enough to earn Bundesliga promotion for Holstein Kiel after drawing at home with Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 on Saturday.

KIEL, Germany: Benedikt Pichler’s early goal was enough to earn Bundesliga promotion for Holstein Kiel after drawing at home with Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1 on Saturday.

Pichler scored in the second minute to ensure Kiel will finish among the top two in Germany’s second division for automatic promotion to the top-flight.

Kiel supporters stormed the field and set off flares inside the ground after the final whistle, while supporters outside set off fireworks.

Kiel was a top division club until the Bundesliga was formed in 1963. In recent years, it was promoted to the third division in 2013, and reached the second division in 2017 for the first time in 36 years.

Düsseldorf was already assured of finishing at least third for a two-leg playoff against the team that finishes third from bottom in the Bundesliga — currently Union Berlin — to see which one will play in the top division next season.

St. Pauli, which hosts relegated Osnabrück on Sunday, is virtually assured of promotion. A draw will be enough on Sunday, though the question of which team finishes second division champion still needs to be answered.

Kiel was on 65 points with one game to play, St. Pauli had 63 with two remaining, and Düsseldorf followed on 60 before its final game.

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