Bundesliga: Hoffenheim Slows Brief Resurgence Of Hertha

SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) – Hoffenheim ended Hertha Berlin’s brief revival in the Bundesliga on Friday with a 2-0 win over the visiting team.

First-half goals from Andrej Kramarić and Sebastian Rudy placed Hoffenheim in seventh overall at the start of Matchday 10 and ended Hertha’s two-win streak in the process.

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Kramarić has scored more times against Hertha than against any other Bundesliga club and increased his personal tally against the capital’s side to nine in 11 games with his second goal of the season at 19 minutes. Ihlas Bebou gave the ball to a better-placed Croat, who beat goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow on the first goal of the match.

Rudy extended the lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute on a rebound after Robert Skov’s shot hit the post.

Hertha coach Pál Dárdai made two changes at half time but even so the hosts were still the team with the most chances to score.

One of the substitutes, Myziane Maolida, put the ball between the nets, but his goal was disallowed for being in a forward position, and the visitors’ captain, Dedryck Boyata, was sent off in the 76th minute for a hard tackle towards the ankle of Angelo Stiller, who had to leave the match.

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