Slumbering German giants Borussia Monchengladbach retained their Bundesliga place after drawing 1-1 with VfL Bochum in their relegation play-off second leg clash on Wednesday to prevail 2-1 on aggregate.
Monchengladbach - five-times German champions and twice winners of the UEFA Cup - preserved their status thanks to a 72nd minute goal by their highly-rated attacking midfielder Marco Reus.
Monchengladbach - whose last league title was in 1977 the same season they reached the European Cup final - had looked certainties for automatic relegation as they spent most of the latter part of the season rooted to the bottom of the table.
However, three victories and a draw in their last four league matches saw them finish 16th and a clash with third-placed Second Division side Bochum. Eintracht Frankfurt and St Pauli drop down to the second tier while Hertha Berlin and Augsburg have been promoted.