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Hoffenheim, Cologne lose as chasers falter

dpa logodpa 12/02/2017 Barry Whelan

Bayern Munich were the big winners of the weekend as Hoffenheim and Cologne became the latest Bundesliga big guns to drop points.

Wolfsburg came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Bundesliga to give them some respite near the bottom of the table.

Cologne meanwhile missed the chance to go third after a 2-1 defeat at Freiburg and remain seventh, while Hoffenheim stay fifth.

Sunday's results mean that all six teams who were behind leaders Bayern Munich suffered defeats at the weekend.

Bayern were late 2-0 winners at Ingolstadt on Saturday and are seven points clear of Leipzig and 14 up on third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

In Wolfsburg, Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi turned the game around in the second half after Steven Zuber put Hoffenheim in front.

Zuber took a pass from Kerem Demirbay to give Hoffenheim a 26th-minute lead but the Wolves levelled five minutes after the break when Maximilian Arnold rifled in a left-foot shot from 20 metres out.

Adam Szalai nearly put the visitors back in front but Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio got his hand to the effort and Jakub Blaszczyjowski followed up by spectacularly clearing the ball off the line.

Second-half substitute Didavi then netted from close range following a Robin Knoche header for the winner in the 73rd minute. Mario Gomez thought he had a third but goalline technology showed the whole ball was not over the line after just being held by keeper Oliver Baumann.

"That was outstanding. It was finally what the fans had wanted," Didavi said. "At last we managed to get the whole stadium behind us."

Wolfsburg stay fifth from last on 22 points, but are now six clear of Werder Bremen in the relegation playoff place.

In Freiburg, the home side took the lead against Cologne through Vincenzo Grifo in the 32nd minute, only for the visitors to level seven minutes when Anthony Modeste netted his 16th league goal of the season.

But it was Freiburg who took the points 13 minutes from time when keeper Thomas Kessler could only parry a Grifo free-kick and Maximilian Philipp followed up to score what was the 49,999th Bundesliga goal since its launch in 1963.

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