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Important Bundesliga win for Hoffenheim

dpa logodpa 31/03/2017

Hoffenheim have recorded an important win at Hertha Berlin to move up to third in Germany's Bundesliga standings.

Hoffenheim have come from behind to win 3-1 at 10-man Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday (Saturday AEDT) to further boost their chances of playing Champions League football next season.

Peter Pekarik opened the scoring for Hertha by drilling home next to the near right post in the 32nd minute but the joy was short-lived as Hertha youngster Maximilian Mittelstaedt became the game's central figure.

The 20-year-old first handled the ball in the area, which allowed Andrej Kramaric to score a 39th-minute equaliser from the ensuing penalty, and - after being booked for that mishap - was then sent off in the 59th for a second yellow card for an awkward tackle.

Hoffenheim then dominated with Bayern Munich-bound Niklas Suele putting them ahead with a long range strike into the top left corner of the goal in the 76th minute.

Kramaric wrapped up matters 10 minutes later with his second goal of the game.

Unbeaten in now six games and with only two defeats this season, Hoffenheim climbed up to third place, two points ahead of Borussia Dortmund and eight points clear of number five Hertha.

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