Hertha safe despite Hoffenheim reverse

Hoffenheim - Hertha Berlin survived the threat of relegation on the season’s final day, despite a 2-1 defeat at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Beerens strike decisive

The visitors endured a nightmare start when Anthony Modeste opened the scoring early on, but Roy Beerens’ goal effectively sealed their survival, in spite of Roberto Firmino’s winner.

Hertha kicked off knowing that a defeat by a two-goal goal margin, combined with results elsewhere in the division, could potentially see them drop into the relegation play-off place, and an already nerve-wracking afternoon got worse for the travelling fans inside eight minutes when Anthony Modeste finished cleverly inside the near post.

Hertha stuck to their task well by refusing to be influenced by external events, however, and when Roy Beerens equalised with 18 minutes to play, the fans sensed survival. Firmino struck Hoffenheim’s winner in the final stages but it was not enough to prevent the hosts from celebrating.

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