Leverkusen loses 3-2 to Hoffenheim in Bundesliga

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014
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BERLIN (AP) — Hoffenheim defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in the Bundesliga on Sunday, handing the home side its eighth loss in nine games across all competitions, while Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Nuremberg 5-2 to ease its relegation fears.

American defender Fabian Johnson crossed for Anthony Modeste to tuck the ball away in the 89th minute for Hoffenheim. The French striker pointed to the net in an apparent reference to the "ghost goal" scored by Stefan Kiessling in the sides' last meeting, when the ball went through a hole in the sidenetting.

Sead Salihovic put the visitors in front with a penalty in the 14th, after Roberto Hilbert handled in the area.

Emir Spahic crossed for Kiessling to equalize with a header in the 39th, but there was an immediate brilliant response from Kevin Volland, who eluded Andres Guardado and lifted the ball over the Leverkusen keeper inside the far post.

The home side equalized again through Simon Rolfes, set up by Lars Bender's back-heel after Hoffenheim 'keeper Jens Grahl saved Guardado's free kick.

Modeste had the final say with his 10th goal of the season to increase the pressure on Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia.

Frankfurt earlier handed Nuremberg its fourth straight loss to leave the home side mired in the relegation zone.

The visitors scored in the 21st minute when Stefan Aigner blocked Emanuel Pogatetz' attempted clearance and crossed for Tranquillo Barnetta to score.

Nuremberg was dealt a further blow when defender Ondrej Petrak suffered a suspected broken nose and concussion after receiving Joselu's elbow to the face in a challenge.