Wolfsburg survive relegation playoff to stay in Bundesliga

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Kiel (Germany), May 22 (IANS) Wolfsburg are assured of another season in German top-flight football after defeating Holstein Kiel 1-0 here in the second leg of the relegation playoff to prevail 4-1 on aggregate.

While dominating possession, the hosts failed to seriously threaten the Wolfsburg goal, reports Efe.

On Monday, Robin Knoche scored for the visitors in the 75th minute and Kiel’s Rafael Czichos had a goal disallowed with five minutes left in regulation after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) showed that he used his arm to advance the ball.

Wolfsburg’s Yunus Malli had a goal called back in the first half after VAR spotted that teammate Divock Origi was offside.

For Wolfsburg, a second straight season of having to win a playoff to remain in the Bundesliga is a measure of how far they have fallen from the level of the side that gave Real Madrid a battle in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2016.

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