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Hanover's Bundesliga relegation confirmed

dpadpa 24/04/2016 By Derek Wilson

Borussia Moenchengladbach have defeated Hoffenheim and Eintracht have beaten Mainz to relegate Hanover in Germany's Bundesliga.

Borussia Moenchengladbach scored twice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Sunday while Eintracht Frankfurt's late 2-1 victory over Mainz relegated Bundesliga bottom club Hanover.

An own goal from Jeremy Toljan after seven minutes and Mahmoud Dahoud's strike just before half-time set Gladbach en route to victory against a Hoffenheim side which replied through Andrej Kramaric after the break. Andre Hahn then wrapped up the win on the counter-attack to keep Gladbach in the hunt for the UEFA Champions League places.

At the other end of the table, Frankfurt's Marco Russ cancelled out Daniel Brosinski's early free kick for Mainz and Aenis Ben-Hatira won the game when a late cross deflected off Stefan Bell and into the net.

"We have put an enormous effort (into the game) and were finally rewarded for once," Frankfurt CEO Heribert Bruchhagen said.

"It would have been fatal if we had taken only one point out of this game.

"Now we are all full of hope again that we can succeed in turning the tide."

Frankfurt remain second-bottom, one point behind Werder Bremen in the relegation play-off place. Hanover are nine points adrift of Bremen with three games remaining but, as Werder meet Frankfurt on the final day, cannot catch both of the clubs above them.

Mainz stay sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Gladbach who moved within one point of fourth-placed Hertha Berlin in the last of the Champions League spots.

"We have 48 points and are currently wonderfully placed," Gladbach sport director Max Eberl told Sky TV. "Now we have three games left to finish it."

Hoffenheim are 14th and with only a three-point cushion from the relegation play-off place are not yet guaranteed top-flight football next season.

"We can look forward to the next few weeks and try to pick up the necessary points," said Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.

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