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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 28,750) 17th February 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: G Winkmann

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

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M Harnik (3)

Stuttgart end losing streak

Last Updated: 17/02/13 7:05pm

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Gotoku Sakai and Vincenzo Grifo battle for possession

Gotoku Sakai and Vincenzo Grifo battle for possession

Martin Harnik earned Stuttgart their first points of 2013 as his goal was enough to snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 win at Hoffenheim.

The Austrian striker scored the all-important goal in the third minute, before Stuttgart were unnecessarily made to sweat on the points by failing to add a second.

They had the better of the game at the Rhein-Neckar Arena and were relieved in the end that one goal was enough to see off their local rivals - who remain third from the bottom of the table, now 10 points adrift of safety.

Stuttgart brought an end to their sequence of defeats by drawing 1-1 with Genk in the Europa League on Thursday night, but they now had to do the same in the Bundesliga.

There was a spring in their step after that result, though, and Harnik put them in front in the third minute when he headed Ibrahim Traore's cross in off the underside of the crossbar.

Hoffenheim were caught cold as they have been in each of their last three games, yet there did not seem to be a reaction forthcoming from Marco Kurz's men.

Instead, Stuttgart dominated proceedings, going close with Traore and Vedad Ibisevic, but failing to land a crucial second blow.

Hoffenheim were always in the game at just a single goal behind, yet Sven Ulreich in the Stuttgart goal was rarely tested.

Heurelho Gomes was having a busier night at the other end, though, and he kept out a powerful Traore shot as Stuttgart sought a second goal.

In the end, Stuttgart did not need another breakthrough to secure their first win of 2013 and end a sequence of five successive league defeats, leaving their local rivals in serious relegation danger with 12 games of the season remaining.

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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 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
8 Hoffenheim 16 23
9 Hannover 96 16 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 16 14