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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 30,150) 10th May 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Sippel

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

Hoffenheim 3

S Rudy (15)
R Firmino (64)
K Volland (70)

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E Braunschweig 1

J Hochscheidt (88)

Eintracht Braunschweig go down

Last Updated: 10/05/14 5:09pm

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Sebastian Rudy scores

Sebastian Rudy scores

Eintracht Braunschweig have been relegated from the Bundesliga following a 3-1 defeat at Hoffenheim on the final day of the season.

The Lions return to the 2.Bundesliga after one season in the top-flight, finishing the campaign bottom of the table having suffered defeat in their last five league fixtures.

Goals from Sebastian Rudy, Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland, who has received a call-up to Germany's World Cup squad, finished the season on a high for Hoffenheim who end the campaign comfortably in ninth place.

Jan Hochscheidt grabbed a consolation for Eintracht Braunschweig with a minute left, just the 29th goal of the campaign for the league's lowest scorers.

With goals flying in at Mainz and Schalke, who were facing relegation-battlers Nurnberg and Hamburg, Braunschweig's efforts to remain in the league had a surprisingly slow start.

Hoffenheim took the lead after 15 minutes when Andreas Beck picked out the on-running Rudy who headed cleverly into the corner of the net.

The one-way traffic from the third highest-scorers in the Bundesliga continued well after the break, despite events elsewhere.

Liverpool target Firmino smashed home a brilliant volley from the edge of the box in the 64th minute to make it 2-0.

And the stuffing was well and truly knocked out of Braunschweig when Volland converted from close range after poor goalkeeping in the lead-up.

Brauncschweig's last moment in the Bundesliga came with one minute left when Hochscheidt steamed through to score a consolation.

The result means Brauncschweig finished the season on 25 points from 34 games, two points adrift of the relegation play-off.

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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