May 6, 2019 / 10:05 PM / 16 days ago

Soccer: Cologne bounce back to Bundesliga at first attempt

Soccer Football - 2. Bundesliga - Greuther Fuerth v FC Cologne - Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer, Fuerth, Germany - May 6, 2019 FC Cologne's Jhon Cordoba celebrates scoring their fourth goal and completing his hat-trick REUTERS/Michael Dalder

BERLIN (Reuters) - Cologne, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, bounced back at the first attempt as they guaranteed promotion on Monday with a 4-0 win at Greuther Fuerth thanks to a Jhon Cordoba hat-trick.

Needing a draw to ensure their return to the top flight, the Billy Goats raced to a 3-0 halftime lead as they wrapped up the title with two matches to spare.

Cordoba took advantage of slack marking to give Cologne an eighth-minute lead before Daniel Steininger headed into his own net from a corner and Cordoba turned in Dominick Drexler’s pass four minutes before halftime.

The Colombian completed his hat-trick with a header in the 65th minute as Cologne won promotion from the second tier for the sixth time since 1999/2000, and the fourth time as champions.

Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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