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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 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23