2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Yuya Osako (22', 58')
  • Milot Rashica (27')
  • Niclas F├╝llkrug (29')
  • Davy Klaassen (55')
  • Joshua Sargent (68')
  • Dominick Drexler (62')

Six-goal Werder Bremen avoid automatic relegation

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 on Saturday.

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 half time, 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.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 8 +16 19
2 Borussia Dortmund 8 +13 18
3 Bayer Leverkusen 8 +7 18
4 RB Leipzig 8 +11 17
5 VfL Wolfsburg 9 +6 17
6 FC Union Berlin 8 +10 15
7 Borussia Monchengladbach 8 0 12
8 VfB Stuttgart 8 +4 11
9 FC Augsburg 8 -1 11
10 Werder Bremen 9 -2 11
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 -2 11
12 TSG Hoffenheim 8 -1 8
13 Hertha Berlin 8 -3 7
14 SC Freiburg 8 -10 6
15 Mainz 8 -11 4
16 Arminia Bielefeld 8 -12 4
17 FC Cologne 8 -6 3
18 Schalke 04 8 -19 3