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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 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23