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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 28,475) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Hoffenheim 2

T Weis (11)
S Salihovic (19)


Nurnberg 1

T Simons (pen 58)

Crucial victory for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 27/04/13 5:43pm

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Sejad Salihovic celebrates his goal for Hoffenheim

Sejad Salihovic celebrates his goal for Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim remained alive in their fight against relegation from the Bundesliga with a crucial 2-1 home victory against Nurnberg.

Tobias Weis gave Hoffenheim the lead after 11 minutes and Sejad Salihovic doubled the advantage eight minutes later.

Timmy Simons pulled a goal back for Nuremberg in the 58th minute from the spot.

Hoffenheim had collected just one victory in their last five matches but improved to 27 points - three points from the relegation play-off.

Nurnberg remained on 38 points after their third straight loss.

Hoffenheim had a strong start to the match with Fabian Johnson forcing Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer into a fine save in the first minute and then Roberto Firmino shot just wide a minute later.

The hosts continued the push forward and grabbed the lead in the 11th minute with Johnson crossing to Weis, who slotted home into an empty goal.

Hoffenheim doubled the advantage after 19 minutes with Kevin Volland crossing to the far left post where Salihovic headed into the far right corner.

Salihovic had a goal disallowed in the 48th minute as his free-kick was chalked off due to a foul.

The visitors went close again four minutes later but Schafer made a great save from Weis' volley 11 yards out.

Nurnberg pulled a goal back in the 58th minute from the penalty spot as Simons went straight down the middle after Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels had fouled Niklas Stark in the box.

The visitors nearly equalised three minutes later but Sebastian Polter shot wide.

Hoffenheim were close to making it 3-1 after 79 minutes but Schafer saved Joselu's attempt.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19