Karlsruhe - Karlsruher SC could still end their six-season absence from the Bundesliga after setting up a two-legged promotion play-off against Hamburger SV courtesy of a 2-0 win over TSV 1860 Munich, who themselves will take on third-tier Holstein Kiel to determine their fate this season in a play-off of their own.

With so much on the line for both sides there was no quarter given by either, but it was the visitors that got off to the worse start as Kai Bülow opened the scoring at the wrong end with just nine minutes played, putting the ball into his own net in his attempt to cut out a drilled cross. 1860 were struggling to get anything going in the final third and, with both sides cancelling each other out for the most part, it was Karlsruhe that led in at the break.

There was little change to proceedings after the restart, with KSC intelligently managing their lead and the visitors failing to provide any evidence that they could produce an equaliser. Instead it was Rouwen Hennings that went closest to extending the hosts’ advantage as his powerful free-kick was tipped around the post by a sprawling Vitus Eicher. The 1860 keeper could do little to prevent Manuel Torres poking home a second in the 69th minute, though, as Karlsruhe secured third place, leaving the Lions with two games to secure second-tier football next season.

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