Duesseldorf wins German 2nd division, Braunschweig relegated

BERLIN (AP) Fortuna Duesseldorf defeated Nuremberg 3-2 away to win Germany’s second division while Eintracht Braunschweig was relegated to the third tier on Sunday.

Kaan Ayhan’s injury-time winner for Duesseldorf ensured his side finished three points ahead of Nuremberg. Both sides were already assured of promotion to the Bundesliga ahead of the final round of games.

Holstein Kiel, which was already assured of third place, defeated Braunschweig 6-2 to send the visiting side along with Kaiserslautern to the third division.

Braunschweig, which was relegated after one season in the Bundesliga in 2014, almost returned to the top flight last season, but lost in a playoff to Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg, which finished third from bottom in the Bundesliga, faces its second playoff in as many years when it will take on Kiel over two games to determine which side will play in the top division next season.