Osako Yuya, a Japanese striker at Werder Bremen, scored two goals to help win an important match against Cologne on Saturday in Germany's top soccer division, the Bundesliga.
Osako opened the scoring against Cologne in the 22nd minute on the season's final day.
He added a goal on a cross in the 58th minute, notching his eighth goal of the season.
Werder Bremen beat Cologne 6-1 to climb to 16th place, avoiding automatic relegation.
The squad will now face a play-off scheduled for July 2 and 6 against the team that finishes third in the second division.
Japanese attacker Kamada Daichi of Eintracht Frankfurt appeared with no goals in a match against Paderborn. Kamada's teammate, Hasebe Makoto, missed the game.
Eintracht Frankfurt beat Paderborn 3-2 to finish ninth.