Braunschweig - They showed all the battling qualities and passion needed to beat the drop, but even that wasn't enough for Eintracht Braunschweig to prolong their stay in the Bundesliga beyond a year.

The Lions had to win on the final day of the season to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, but a 3-1 defeat to 1899 Hoffenheim at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena sealed their fate. looks back on Braunschweig's guest appearance in Germany's top flight...

It was always going to be a major ask on their first season in the Bundesliga in 28 years, and despite a valiant effort, Braunschweig ultimately had to acknowledge they were not quite ready for top-flight football. The fact they were still in with a chance of survival right up to the last day of the season will nevertheless be regarded as a success, with Torsten Lieberknecht's men falling agonisingly short. With just 29 goals in 34 matches, they failed to find the back of the net often enough to warrant another bite of the cherry. For all their heart, grit and determination, what was lacking was incision, and perhaps that little bit of luck.

When you concede 60 goals in a season, it may be hard to sing the praises of a defender, but had it not been for , that figure could have been far greater. Of the Braunschweig back four, the Bosnia and Herzegovina centre-back seemed most comfortable in the top flight - and far from out of his depth. The 24-year-old will have another opportunity to showcase his abilities at this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Braunschweig's defensive record may not have been anything to write home about, but it was not the worst in the league by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, had the league been decided on goals conceded, Braunschweig would have finished in a comfortable 12th position. Instead, their lack of firepower - which translated into just 29 goals - can be seen as the main reason for Braunschweig's failure. No other club scored fewer in the Bundesliga this season.

"Whenever we pushed ourselves right to the limit of our potential, then we could cope, but we just weren't able to do that all the time," said coach Lieberknecht, summarising the lesson his side learnt from being back in the big time.

Having picked up their very first win of the season over Lower Saxony rivals VfL Wolfsburg, there was even more satisfaction to come for Braunschweig when they put three past bitter rivals Hannover 96 with no reply. The Matchday 29 victory may not have been enough to keep Braunschweig up, but it is likely to be Lions' fans defining memory of their return to the Bundesliga.