Hoffenheim defeat Kaiserslautern in first-leg of relegation playoffs

Hoffenheim defeat Kaiserslautern in first-leg of relegation playoffs

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Hoffenheim defeat Kaiserslautern in first-leg of relegation playoffs

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By DAN KARELL

TSG Hoffenheim used two first half goals to take a 3-1 victory over FC Kaiserslautern in the first-leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoffs.

With Fabian Johnson starting on the left wing, Hoffenheim scored their highest goal total since April 5. Roberto Firmino scored twice for the Bundesliga side and provided the assist for the third goal scored by Sven Schipplock.

The 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern scored one back through Mohammadou Idrissou but they’ll now take the two-goal deficit back to the Fritz-Walter Stadion for the second-leg on Monday, May 27.

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