Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha BSC: Despite loss, Hertha stay in top flight
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Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha BSC: Despite loss, Hertha stay in top flight

Roberto Firmino sealed the victory with 10 minutes left for Hoffenheim on the last match day of the 2014/15 season.

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HoffenheimBaumann; Beck, Strobl, Abraham, Toljan; Schwegler, Polanski; Volland, Roberto Firmino (Amiri, min. 87), Rudy; Modeste (Elyounoussi, min. 82)
Hertha BSCKraft; Pekarik, Heitinga, Langkamp, Plattenhardt; Skjelbred, Lustenberger; Haraguchi (Wagner, min. 85), Stocker (Hosogai, min. 78), Schulz; Kalou (Beerens, min. 64)
SCORE1-0, min. 8, Modeste, 1-1, min. 72, Beerens, 2-1, min. 80, Firmino
REFEREEKnut Kircher (DEU). Admonished Strobl (min. 2), Rudy (min. 29), Stocker (min. 44), Burchert (min. 80)

It was close, but Hertha BSC managed to stay in the Bundesliga for another season despite losing 2-1 to Hoffenheim at the 
Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign.

Hertha opened up the chances created around the four minute mark with Salomon Kalou sending in a cross into the danger zone where Genki Haraguchi got his head onto the ball. However, his effort was weak and fell straight into the hands of the Hoffenheim goal keeper. Then four minutes later, the hosts found the breakthrough seemingly out of nowhere. Brazilian Roberto Firmino played a ball towards the back post where Anthony Modeste was waiting and provided an excellent finish for his seventh and final goal of the year. 

The next chance for the visitors came a couple of minutes before the half an hour mark as Schulz forced Baumann to make a very good stop to keep the score at 1-0. As the half was winding down, there was not a whole lot of action on either end. Both sides were content in just building up from the back and if the final pass was not there, that seemed to be okay. 

Kevin Volland got the first shot away of the second 45 minutes from the side of the box. However, Kraft collected the ball comfortably keeping the match close. Again, in this second half, there wre nto a whole lot of opportunities coming from either team. Finally, with 18 minutes remaining, Hertha got their goal through Beerens. The goal was really aided by some slopppy defense from Hoffenheim as the ball took a slight deflection before finding its way into the back of the net, leveling the affair at one all.

Eight minutes later, Hoffenheim were in front once again through Roberto Firmino, who had had a fairly quiet game up until that point despite providing the assist for the first goal. Kraft was able to stop an excellent free kick from Abrahams, but he parried the ball straight to the Brazilian play maker who thumped the ball for the game winning goal.

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