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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 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25