MONCHENGLADBACH, May 22 (Bundesliga) - 1860 Munich dropped out of the German top-flight after defeat against 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach sealed their relegation to 2.Bundesliga.
The Bavarians needed to win and for Kaiserslautern to be beaten at home by Borussia Dortmund, and their chances of staging a remarkable escape were enhanced when Torben Hoffmann put them 1-0 up from the penalty spot after 21 minutes.
But those hopes were quickly extinguished as goals from Vaclav Sverkos and Igor Demo gave the home side a half-time lead, which they increased in the 74th minute through Arie van Lent.
The only black mark for Gladbach was Enrico Gaede's dismissal for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute.
The result comes as a huge disappointment for 1860's Dutch coach Gerald Vanenburg, who replaced Falko Gotz in mid-April but could not arrest the club's slide towards the second division.
1860 started this game brightly and seized the lead when Hoffmann converted from the spot after Martin Schroth was felled inside the area.
But the advantage lasted only two minutes as Bernd Korynietz combined well with Marcelo Pletsch to set up Sverkos, who slotted home.
The visitors responded instantly and were unlucky not to reclaim the lead in the 27th minute, Remo Meyer shooting against the post from the edge of the area.
And 1860 were punished for that error when Ivo Ulich set up Demo, who kept his cool to put the home side in front.
Vanenburg's team rarely threatened after half-time and their fate was confirmed when Ulich's free-kick was brilliantly converted by Van Lent.