Bundesliga Relegation Play-Off, 1st Leg: Bremen Face Heidenheim

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Bundesliga giants SV Werder Bremen meet Bundesliga 2 surprise package 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 in the first leg of the 2019/20 promotion-relegation play-off on Thursday, with a place in the German top flight on the line.

Bremen had looked on course for automatic demotion to the second tier after spending Matchdays 21-33 in 17th place, but a 6-1 win at home to 1. FC Köln on the final day – coupled with Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 3-0 defeat to 1. FC Union Berlin – granted Florian Kohfeldt’s men a shot at redemption.

Heidenheim – who have never been so close to the Bundesliga’s promised land – had been in pole position to finish third in Bundesliga 2 going into Matchday 34, and sealed the deal despite losing 3-0 away to Bundesliga 2 champions Bielefeld, as fourth-placed Hamburger SV suffered a 5-1 home defeat against SV Sandhausen.

“There’s still a huge amount of pressure,” said Bremen head coach Kohfeldt after his side’s win over Köln. “Now we’ve got two…



Source: Complete Sports