Cologne - Hertha BSC Berlin will ascend to the Bundesliga as second-tier champions after a 2-1 success away at 1. FC Cologne, simultaneous to Eintracht Braunschweig's hammering at the hands of FC St. Pauli, put any lingering mathematical permutations at the top to bed.

A Levan Kobiashvili penalty set the visitors on their way before USA international Alfredo Morales increased their lead in the second half. Christian Clemens did pull one back for Cologne, but it was scant consolation in the end as the Billy Goats lost their battle for third spot with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who secured the solitary promotion play-off spot away at SSV Jahn Regensburg. Hertha, meanwhile, have equalled Hannover 96's record points tally of 75 from the 2001/02 season and still have one more game to top it, at home to FC Energie Cottbus next weekend.

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