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Maicosuel inspires Hoffenheim win
Hoffenheim climb to fifth with win and Frankfurt beat Bochum.
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2009 19:40 GMT

Maicosuel, second from left, celebrates his goal [EPA]
Hoffenheim moved up to fifth place in Germany's Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory over Freiburg, and Eintracht Frankfurt beat Bochum 2-1 to spoil manager Heiko Herrlich's debut in the German league.

A superb goal from Brazilian striker Maicosuel gave Hoffenheim the victory.

Maicosuel collected a pass from Vedad Ibisevic and found the net from the edge of the penalty area with a spectacular shot in the 39th minute.

Hoffenheim dominated the first half, wasting several chances, while promoted Freiburg raised their game after the break but could not avoid their fourth consecutive loss.

Stocker death

Freiburg also announced that their long-time president Achim Stocker died on Sunday as a result of a heart attack suffered Wednesday.

Stocker was 74 and had been at the head of the club since 1972, the longest- serving boss in the Bundesliga.

Bundesliga results

Friday October 30

 Dortmund 2-0 Hertha

Saturday October 31

 Cologne 0-1 Hannover
 Hamburg 2-3 M'gladbach
 Nurnberg 2-2 W Bremen
 Schalke 2-2 Leverkusen
 Stuttgart 0-0 Bayern
 Wolfsburg 3-3 Mainz

Sunday 1 November

 Frankfurt 2-1 Bochum
 Freiburg 0-1 Hoffenheim

With 20 points from 11 games, Hoffenheim are three points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Hoffenheim were the only top team to win over the weekend and moved past Bayern Munich, who are sixth in the standings.

In Frankfurt, Eintracht defender Maik Franz redeemed himself for giving away an own goal by scoring the winner with a close-range header in the 53rd minute against Bochum.

Eintracht dominated the match against the next-to-last team in the standings, whose coach Herrlich took the job this week, with Nikos Liberopoulos twice being denied by the woodwork.

Caio fired home a free kick in the 14th minute to put Eintracht ahead but Franz turned the ball into his own net in the 25th while trying to clear a cross from Joel Epalle.

Bochum's Shinji Ono was sent off in the 80th minute for a second booking, which came less than a minute after his first yellow card.

Bayer Leverkusen are one point clear at the top of the Bundesliga despite wasting a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Schalke on Saturday.

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