Wolfsburg beats Hoffenheim 2-1 to ease relegation fears

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BERLIN (AP) Daniel Didavi struck for Wolfsburg to come from behind and beat Hoffenheim 2-1, denying the visitors the chance to go third in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

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Hoffenheim made the better start, putting the home side under pressure from the off.

Kerem Demirbay struck the crossbar with a free kick early on and it seemed just a matter of time before Hoffenheim would score.

Steven Zuber duly broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a clinical finish inside the far post after Demirbay timed his pass to perfection.

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio prevented Nadiem Amiri from making it 2-0 before the break. The chance was greeted with whistles from sections of the Wolfsburg support.

But they had reasons to cheer after it, though Oliver Baumann denied Mario Gomez when the Germany striker should have scored.

Maximilian Arnold scored from the resultant corner, unleashing a fierce strike inside the left post after Hoffenheim only half-cleared the ball.

Benaglio denied Demirbay and then Adam Szalai a response before Jakub Blaszczykowski cleared the loose ball off the line.

Just when it seemed Hoffenheim was back in the ascendancy, Didavi struck from close range with a little more than a quarter-hour remaining to move Wolfsburg six points above the relegation zone.

Freiburg was hosting Cologne in the late game.