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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 40,000) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: D Drees

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Frankfurt 2

M Lanig (35)
S Aigner (68)

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Hoffenheim 1

K Volland (65)

Eintracht add to Hoffenheim woes

Last Updated: 26/01/13 7:59pm

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Eintracht Frankfurt celebrate during the victory

Eintracht Frankfurt celebrate during the victory

Hoffenheim slumped into the bottom two of the Bundesliga after being beaten by a Eintracht Frankfurt side who remain on course for a place in Europe next season.

Frankfurt completed the double over their visitors thanks to goals from Martin Lanig and Stefan Aigner with Kevin Volland bringing Hoffenheim level in between.

The three points keep Frankfurt in fourth place, three points clear of Mainz and three behind third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, fall behind Augsburg on goal difference and, for the first time since being promoted to the top flight in 2008, they are in a position which would see them relegated at the end of the season.

Frankfurt's top goalscorer Alexander Meier wore the captain's armband in the absence of Pirmin Schwegler and he had the first shot of the game in the third minute with Lanig following that five minutes later, hinting at what was to come for Hoffenheim.

The away side came close to netting through Volland's direct free-kick, but Frankfurt held the upper hand and took the lead in the 35th minute.

Lanig's shot took a deflection off Matthieu Delpierre and Andreas Beck was unable to stop it from crossing the line.

Hoffenheim came to life early in the second half with Volland causing the biggest problems.

He set up Firmino for a good chance which Kevin Trapp saved well before he met Beck's cross to bring Hoffenheim level in the 65th minute.

However, Hoffenheim then stopped playing and, just three minutes later, they were behind once again.

Joselu's near-post flick to a corner took his own goalkeeper Tim Wiese out of the equation and gave Aigner a simple tap-in at the far post.

Hoffenheim could not summon the strength to react again and Frankfurt had no problems playing down the clock to earn all three points.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15