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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 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25