- Relegated Hannover victorious in final home match of 2015/16.
- Kiyotake with first-half winner at HDI-Arena.
- Hoffenheim safe by virtue of results elsewhere.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be playing Bundesliga football next term, despite losing 1-0 to relegated Hannover 96 on Matchday 33.
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.
Man of the match
The gazelle-like Sarenren-Bazee was a constant threat down the right-hand side, and could be key to Hannover's hopes of making an immediate return to the Bundesliga next term.
Hannover fans must be wishing Daniel Stendel came in earlier, with the Reds losing only one of their five matches since he took over from Thomas Schaaf last month.
- Victory for Hannover brings an end to a run of five straight defeats against Hoffenheim.
- Kiyotake has scored five Bundesliga goals this term – a personal best.
Hannover: Zieler - Arkenberg, Anton, S. Sane, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, Fossum - Sarenren-Bazee, Kiyotake (Prib 63'), Klaus (Schulz 82') – Sobiech (Szalai (76')
Coach: Daniel Stendel
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Süle, Bicakcic, Toljan – Polaski (Schwegler 53'), Rudy (Ochs 69') – Uth (Kuranyi 46'), Amiri, Violland – Kramaric
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann