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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 25,603) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Perl

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Hamburg Hamburg

Hoffenheim 3

R Firmino (4)
T Strobl (44)
A Beck (61)

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Three and easy for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 01/02/14 5:14pm

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Niklas Suele was on the mark for the hosts

Niklas Suele was on the mark for the hosts

Hamburg dropped deeper into relegation trouble as they slumped to a 3-0 loss at Hoffenheim, their fifth straight defeat.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Niklas Sule and Andreas Beck secured victory for the hosts which eased their relegation fears and and left their opponents in the bottom three.

The emphatic win also saw Hoffenheim rid themselves of the Bundesliga's worst defensive record.

That now belongs to Hamburg, who have conceded 43 goals. Their record of being the only club in German football never relegated from the Bundesliga is now looking under serious threat.

Hoffenheim, who narrowly beat the drop last season, seemed to show a little more appetite for the fight compared to an increasingly nervous-looking Hamburg, and they took the lead through Firmino after a quick counter-attack.

Sule took full advantage of some poor Hamburg defending to head the hosts two in front before the break.

Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels remained untested, meanwhile, as Hamburg showed no ideas going forward and glaring lapses in concentration at the back.

Another of those was punished again by Firmino, who dribbled his way round the back and sent a low ball in for Beck to make it three and increase the pressure on Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk, whose side still did not show any signs of a reaction.

Should Nurnberg get the better of Hertha Berlin on Sunday, Hamburg will drop into the automatic relegation places.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25