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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)


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 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15