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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 30,150) 16th December 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Meyer

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund B Dortmund

Hoffenheim 1

S Schipplock (35)

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B Dortmund 3

M Gotze (26)
K Grosskreutz (58)
R Lewandowski (66)

Three and easy for Dortmund

Last Updated: 16/12/12 4:56pm

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Blaszczykowski and Weis tangle.

Blaszczykowski and Weis tangle.

Borussia Dortmund will end 2012 in third position in the Bundesliga, 12 points adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich, after defeating Hoffenheim 3-1 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Mario Gotze, Kevin Grosskreutz and Robert Lewandowski provided the goals for the defending champions with Sven Schipplock on target for the hosts, who end the year in their worst league position since joining the top flight in 2008.

They will spend the winter break seven points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off berth with a lot of work to be done in 2013 to salvage their Bundesliga status.

Neither side could really get their game going in a tight start to the encounter but Dortmund struck first with a moment of inspiration from Gotze.

The Germany international pulled the ball back on to his favoured right foot near the corner of the penalty area and struck his shot through the legs of home defender Andreas Beck and into the net.

Hoffenheim reacted furiously and levelled within 10 minutes when Kevin Volland's volleyed cross was guided over the line by Schipplock.

However, Hoffenheim's reaction stopped there as they settled down again after equalising.

Dortmund were anything but happy with a point, though, and inspired by Marco Reus, they began carving out openings.

It was Reus who set up Grosskreutz to put them in front for the second time in the 58th minute.

Eight minutes later, Lewandowski made it three, beating Matthieu Delpierre before lifting his shot over Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels into the far corner.

Dortmund continued to attack in search of a fourth goal and Mats Hummels went closest to finding it when he headed straight at Casteels from a Reus corner.

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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