Hoffenheim thump Mainz, Berlin beat Ingolstadt

TSG 1899 Hoffenhein and Hertha Berlin both kept up the pace near the top of the table with victories in Saturday’s Bundesliga action from Germany.

Hoffenheim held onto third place in the standings after a 4-0 thrashing of 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side suffered the first league defeat of the campaign last week against Leipzig but hit four unanswered goal against Martin Schmidt’s men this time around.

Forward Mark Uth opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute before a late flurry towards full-time saw the hosts score three in the final ten minutes through Marco Terrazzino and a brace from Adam Szalai.

Karnevalsverein’s ninth loss of the campaign sees them drop into 12th place, as their struggles on the road continue.

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Hertha Berlin kept the pressure on Die Kraichgauer – as they trail the third placed side by a single point – with a hard fought 1-0 victory over relegation favourites FC Ingolstadt 04.

Maik Walpurgis side languish in 17th place following their loss at the Olympiastadion after Salomon Kalou set up Genki Haraguchi for a second minute strike – which proved to be the only goal of the encounter.

1. FC Köln compounded even more misery on VfL Wolsfburg, as they moved into fifth place with a solitary strike separating the two sides at the Rhein Energie Stadion.

Anthony Modeste’s 81st minute penalty, his 14th of the season, puts him level with Robert Lewandowski and only two goals away from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The towering Frenchman’s goal also meant the home side are now six games unbeaten in the league, while Valérien Ismaël’s men are struggling in 14th place following their tenth loss of the season.

Dieter Hecking’s VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach have started their resurgence as they start looking up the table with an impressive 3-0 win over SC Freiburg to move into 10th place.

All three goals were scored in the second-half, with Lars Stindl opening the scoring in the 73rd minute.

Raffael managed to double the lead five minutes later, before Patrick Herrmann’s stoppage time strike finished off the scoring at Borrussia Park.

Freiberg remain in eighth place despite losing their ninth game of the campaign.

Saturday’s results

Gladbach 3-0 Freiburg
Hertha 1-0 Ingolstadt
Köln 1-0 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 4-0 Mainz