Relegation-Promotion playoffs: Nuremberg and Werder Bremen both survive

The German football relegation/promotion playoffs concluded this weekend, and on both occasions, it was the higher division team that kept their league status intact. In both cases, the higher ranked team won on the away goals rule.

The first one saw Werder Bremen take on Heidenheim. The first leg in Bremen ended in a 0-0 draw, and the second one saw late drama (two penalties in second half extra time), before finishing 2-2.

The 2.Bundesliga v 3.Bundesliga playoff was even more entertaining. Nuremberg seemed to have had it wrapped up after winning the first leg 2-0 at home, only to go down 3-0 in the return leg against their 3.Liga opponents. However Fabian Schleusener played spoilsport for Ingolstadt by grabbing an injury time goal, which made it 3-1, and saw Nuremberg take the tie on the away goals rule.


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