Hoffenheim beats Kaiserslautern 3-1 in playoff
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -Roberto Firmino scored two goals and set up another as Hoffenheim beat Kaiserslautern 3-1 in the first leg of the Bundesliga playoff on Thursday.
The winner of the two-leg showdown will play in the Bundesliga next season.
Mohamadou Idrissou's goal in the 58th minute gives Kaiserslautern hope for the second leg at home on Monday.
Firmino struck in the 11th and 29th minutes, and provided the pass for substitute Sven Schipplock's goal in the 67th.
Hoffenheim finished the season in 16th place in the Bundesliga, while Kaiserslautern was third in the second division.