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 VfL Bochum 34 +27 67
2 SpVgg Greuther Furth 34 +25 64
3 Holstein Kiel 34 +22 62
4 Hamburg SV 34 +27 58
5 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 +9 56
6 Karlsruher SC 34 +7 52
7 SV Darmstadt 98 34 +8 51
8 1. FC Heidenheim 34 0 51
9 SC Paderborn 07 34 +8 47
10 St Pauli 34 -5 47
11 Nurnberg 34 -5 44
12 FC Erzgebirge Aue 34 -9 44
13 Hannover 96 34 +2 42
14 SSV Jahn Regensburg 34 -13 38
15 SV Sandhausen 34 -19 34
16 VfL Osnabruck 34 -23 33
17 TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 34 -29 31
18 Würzburger Kickers 34 -32 25