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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 8 20
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 8 16
3 Mainz 8 14
4 Hoffenheim 8 14
5 Wolfsburg 8 14
6 Bayer Leverkusen 8 13
7 SC Paderborn 07 8 12
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 12
9 Schalke 8 11
10 Hannover 96 8 10
11 Cologne 8 9
12 FC Augsburg 8 9
13 Hertha Berlin 8 8
14 Borussia Dortmund 8 7
15 Stuttgart 8 6
16 Hamburg 8 6
17 SC Freiburg 8 5
18 Werder Bremen 8 4