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Fritz-Walter Stadion (ATT 49,780) 27th May 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Meyer

K'lautern Kaiserslautern vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

K'lautern (2) 1

A Baumjohann (65)

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Hoffenheim (5) 2

D Abraham (44)
J Vestergaard (74)

Play-off joy for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 27/05/13 10:10pm

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Hoffenheim celebrate their survival

Hoffenheim celebrate their survival

Hoffenheim preserved their Bundesliga status after a 2-1 win at Kaiserslautern gave them a 5-2 aggregate victory in their play-off for a place in Germany's top flight next season.

Tobias Sippel did all he could to keep Kaiserslautern's hopes of overturning their first-leg deficit alive, making a series of stunning saves before succumbing to David Abraham's effort just before half-time.

Alexander Baumjohann then gave the hosts some hope but they were dashed by Jannik Vestergaard's header, which sealed an aggregate win for Markus Gisdol's men.

Sejad Salihovic proved to be a thorn in the side of the Kaiserslautern defence early on and curled a free-kick just over the crossbar.

Sippel came into his own after giving away a penalty for a foul on Kevin Volland by pushing Salihovic's spot-kick over the crossbar.

He then denied the same player again before getting caught out when his next save from a Salihovic header came back off the crossbar to Abraham, who nodded it in from point-blank range.

Kaiserslautern did not give up, however, and after Sippel made a great save with his foot to deny Volland, they levelled with Baumjohann's 25-yard free-kick.

The home side sent men forward in search of a second, which they thought they had got minutes later, but Mahamadou Idrissou's header was ruled out for a tight but correct offside decision.

Hoffenheim then ended the Red Devils' hopes when Vestergaard rose to power in a header from a corner, leaving Lautern needing four goals in 15 minutes - an insurmountable task.

Hoffenheim therefore saved their Bundesliga status, leaving Kaiserslautern in the second division to try their luck again next season.

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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