BERLIN ( Associated Press) — Werder Bremen secured promotion to the Bundesliga with Schalke in a 2-0 win over Jahn Regensburg in Germany’s second division on Sunday.
Hamburger SV came from behind to beat Hansa Rostock 3–2 to secure a two-stage playoff against Hertha Berlin on 19 and 23 May to see which club plays in the Bundesliga the following season. Hertha finished third from the bottom in the top division on Saturday.
Goals in the half from Niklas Fulkrug and Marvin Daksh on Sunday ensured that Bremen returned to Germany’s top division after a season in the second half.
Bremen remain two points behind Schalke, who won promotion last weekend, Schalke and Bremen were both relegated from the Bundesliga last season.
Schalke enjoyed a 2–1 victory at Nuremberg to finish as second division champions. It was its ninth win in 10 games since the sacking of Dimitrios Gramozzis in March with club hero Michael Buskens taking over as interim coach. This completed a remarkable turnaround for the club. Since it broke ties with the Russian energy giant Gazprom.
Darmstadt staked its claim for promotion with a 3–0 win over Paderborn, but Hamburg’s win in Rostock was enough to secure a playoff spot for the former Bundesliga heavyweight – ahead of Darmstadt on goal difference – in third place. .
Ingolstadt and Erzgebirge Aue were relegated to the Third Division, while Dynamo Dresden suffered a playoff to survive in the Second Division.
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