Sandhausen - Eintracht Braunschweig served up the perfect answer to their disappointing loss to league leaders Hertha BSC Berlin last Monday by overcoming strugglers SV Sandhausen 1916 3-1 on Friday evening, halving the gap at the top to two points.

Bundesliga 2 top scorer took his tally for the season to 19 goals with a first half brace and, while the hosts pulled a goal back shortly after the restart, the outcome never looked in doubt. Dennis Kruppke's late third for the visitors extinguished any lingering hopes Sandhausen may have had of snatching an unlikely draw, leaving the vanquished club five points adrift of safety in the relegation zone.

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