Hoffenheim thrash Hertha Berlin

John Anthony Brooks gave them a leg-up with an own goal which was followed by two penalties from Sejad Salihovic before half-time.

Hertha, who led Eintracht Frankfurt by three goals in midweek and ended up drawing 4-4, this time had to come from behind, but they were not able to as Sven Schipplock and Sebastian Rudy completed the rout.

The defeat leaves Hertha just a point above the relegation zone.

Freiburg let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 against Hannover to remain rooted to the foot of the table for the winter, allowing Borussia Dortmund to breathe a small sigh of relief.

Goals from Mike Frantz and Marc-Oliver Kempf put Christian Streich’s men on course for all three points, abut Leonardo Bittencourt made things interesting in the final seven minutes and Joselu snatched the Reds a point in stoppage time.

The draw means Freiburg remain with Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Hamburg holding their positions in what nevertheless looks an anomalous bottom five entering 2015.