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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 16 42
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 16 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14