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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 41,720) 26th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Sippel

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

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Hoffenheim 3

T Usami (5)
Joselu (47)
F Johnson (58)

Three and easy for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 26/09/12 10:16pm

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Joselu doubled the advantage for the visitors

Joselu doubled the advantage for the visitors

Improving Hoffenheim picked up their second successive Bundesliga win with a dominating 3-0 triumph over a lethargic Stuttgart.

Takashi Usami gave Hoffenheim the lead after just five minutes and Joselu doubled the advantage in the 47th for his first goal in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson finished the scoring after 58 minutes.

Hoffenheim, who had lost their opening three matches, improved to six points to move into mid-table while Stuttgart suffered their first-ever defeat against Hoffenheim to remain second-bottom on two points.

Stuttgart had the first clear chance of the game in the third minute but Vedad Ibisevic's header from eight yards out went just wide.

Hoffenheim grabbed the lead soon after as Usami danced through the right side of the Stuttgart defence before beating keeper Sven Ulreich with a shot through his legs.

Ulreich made a great save to keep Hoffenheim from increasing their lead, stopping Johnson's one-on-one attempt after 20 minutes following a pass from Usami.

Stuttgart failed to create much going forward and Hoffenheim doubled their advantage two minutes after the break following a counter-attack. Roberto Firmino fed a through-ball to Joselu, who got past Serdar Tasci and then beat Ulreich.

Ulreich did all he could to keep his team from falling further adrift but Hoffenheim overcame the Stuttgart keeper again just before the hour to seal the points. Ulreich stopped Joselu's chance on the counter-attack as well as Usami's rebound effort, but he could not keep out Johnson's shot as the visitors netted at the third attempt.

Stuttgart nearly pulled a goal back in the 70th minute in bizarre fashion when Joselu's attempted clearance hit the head of Stuttgart's Christian Gentner, but the ball went just over the crossbar.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25