Hoffenheim safe despite Hannover reverse

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be playing Bundesliga football next term, despite losing 1-0 to relegated Hannover 96 on Matchday 33.

Hannover 96 1-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Goals: 1-0 Kiyotake (28')

Irrespective of results elsewhere, Hoffenheim knew a win would be enough to secure their place in the Bundesliga for another season. Relegated Hannover played with the greater purpose for much of the first half, however, with Hiroshi Kiyotake deservedly putting the hosts ahead following a surging right-wing run and deft cut-back from Noah Sarenren-Bazee.

Jeremy Toljan's crossbar-shaking strike was the closest the visitors came to taking something from the game, but in the end the result proved merely academic. VfB Stuttgart's defeat to 1. FSV Mainz 05 coupled with the fact that one or both of Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen will drop points when they play each other next weekend ensures Hoffenheim cannot finish any lower than 15th place.

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