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John Brooks, Hoffenheim secure Bundesliga safety


Hoffenheim’s confirmed its Bundesliga status for next season after earning a statement victory on Saturday against top-four chasing Union Berlin.

John Brooks logged his latest 90-minute performance for Pellegrino Matarazzo’s squad in a 4-2 home triumph, clinching Hoffenheim league safety for another campaign. Hoffenheim sits 13th in the league table and cannot falling into the bottom-three on the final day of the season.

Ihlas Bebou and Andrej Kramaric propelled Hoffenheim into a 2-0 advantage before Danilho Doekhi’s header on the verge of halftime cut Union Berlin’s deficit in half.

Kramaric’s second goal of the match in the 90th minute gave Hoffenheim a 3-1 lead, but Union Berlin struck once again through Aissa Laidouni’s to remain alive for a share of the points.

However, Kramaric set up Munas Dabbur in the 99th minute to give Hoffenheim a 4-2 victory and a second impressive victory over the past three weeks and a fifth overall in the past nine matches.

Brooks made 15 clearances, one block, six recoveries, and completed 91% of his passes in the result. The 30-year-old now has 14 league appearances under his belt with Hoffenheim ahead of what could be a busy summer on the international level.

Hoffenheim concludes its schedule on May 27 on the road at Matarazzo’s former club, Stuttgart.


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