Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramarič (left) celebrates his goal with teammate Christoph Baumgartner in a German league match on March 18, 2023.
Berlin – After seven Bundesliga defeats, Hoffenheim's players got a full point gain, won 3:1 over Hertha in the 25th round and moved from last place ahead of the Berlin team outside the relegation zone. Czech defender Pavel Kadeřábek also rejoiced at his first league win since mid-October. Schalke with midfielder Alex Král saved a 1:1 draw in Augsburg with a goal at the end, but remained penultimate. Third-placed Leipzig surprisingly lost 0:1 to Bochum, another relegation-threatened team.
Hoffenheim have lost eight games and drawn just once in the spring and have won 14 games overall in the Bundesliga. In a direct battle for survival with Hertha, Kramarič converted two penalties in the first half, and at the beginning of the second act, the Togolese forward Bebou added insurance after an individual action. After Dabbur was sent off just two minutes after coming on, the home side played in a weakened state from the 71st minute, but the visitors could only reduce the set-up. Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo also got his first win since his arrival in February.
Schalke extended their unbeaten run to eight games. In Augsburg, the team from Gelsenkirchen conceded at the beginning of the second half, but the home team's Demirovič was immediately sent off for kicking an opponent in the face. Schalke only used the power play at the very end with Bülter's goal from the penalty spot.
Leipzig did not correct the 0:7 debacle with Manchester City in the round of 16 of the Champions League and lost in Bochum with a goal by Serbian defender Mašovic. The home team moved away from the relegation zone by four points. Stuttgart fell to the bottom of the table after a 0:1 home defeat against Wolfsburg. The result was determined by the Egyptian striker Marmúš, a former VfB player.
German Football League – Round 25:
Augsburg – Schalke 1:1 (51. Maier – 90.+1 Bülter from pen .), Bochum – Leipzig 1:0 (48. Mašovič), Hoffenheim – Hertha Berlin 3:1 (24. and 37. both from pen. Kramarič, 51. Bebou – 90.+2 Jovetič), Stuttgart – Wolfsburg 0: 1 (56. Marmus),
18:30 Dortmund – Cologne.
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