Munich - TSV 1860 Munich maintained their Bundesliga 2 status by the skin of their teeth, fighting back from a goal down at home to third-tier Holstein Kiel to seal a thrilling 2-1 victory.
Rafael Kazior gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead at the packed-out Allianz Arena, but Daniel Adlung’s equaliser 11 minutes from time gave 1860 hope, before Kai Bülow’s dramatic stoppage-time winner ensured the 1966 German champions remain in Bundesliga 2 for another season.
Knowing they needed a win after the goalless draw in last week’s first leg, Munich started positively and moved the ball with pace and rhythm, but it was Kiel that broke the deadlock in the Bavarian capital, Kazior catching Thorsten Fröhling’s charges cold with a first-time volley. The Holstein skipper then almost made it two minutes before the break, firing just wide from distance.
Despite dominating possession against a Kiel side looking to hit their opponents on the break, chances were proving few and premium for 1860. Their hopes of survival were boosted on 78 minutes, though, when Adlung slotted home from inside the box to drag his side level. Still needing one goal, the Lions threw bodies forward in the dying stages, with Bülow’s tap-in at the death sending the home crowd wild and sealing an exhilarating great play-off escape.