The attempted comeback fell short, and they may have deserved to go down, but it’s fair to lament their relegation.
Kiel may have been outplayed but that doesn’t mean the didn’t deserve a crack at the Bundesliga.
Two key players will be missing for Wednesday’s first leg
Two teams sealed promotion and one was relegation; there were plenty of twists and turns along the way.
A 3-1 defeat for Würzburg confirms what has seemed inevitable for some time.
The notion that Thioune was brought in for the long-term was wrong at a club where the word ‘patience’ is unknown.
With a glut of league games to come, Kiel need to move on from the defeat in Dortmund quickly.
The Turk has overtaken Simon Terrode as this season’s top scorer – unthinkable a few months ago.
A late push for promotion might be doomed to failure but this season was always going to be a transitional one.
Sebastian Ernst’s confirmed departure from Fürth would make their promotion bittersweet for him.