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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 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