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Kruse leads Union Berlin to 3-1 Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim

Former Germany striker Max Kruse scored one goal and set up two more for Union Berlin to beat Hoffenheim 3-1 away in the Bundesliga on Monday.

Union climbed to seventh place with nine points from six rounds, while Hoffenheim dropped to 12th with seven.

Kruse opened the scoring with a penalty in the 60th minute and helped substitutes Joel Pohjanpalo and Cedric Teuchert seal the win.

Berlin's Joel Pohjanpalo, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Hoffenheim during their German Bundesliga soccer match at the PreZero-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Monday, Nov, 2, 2020. (Uwe Anspachdpa via AP)

Both teams had good chances in the first half, with Manus Dabbur going close for Hoffenheim while Taiwo Awoniyi fired just over for the visitors.

The decisive moment occurred in the 58th, when Robert Skov gave away a penalty with a foul on Sebastian Griesbeck. The Hoffenheim midfielder was sent off, and Kruse scored his second goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Dabbur equalized against the odds in the 80th, but Kruse set up Pohjanpalo to force the visitors’ second goal in the 85th. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann stopped the Finnish striker’s shot, only to see the ball ricochet off his legs and in.

Berlin's Munas Dabbur, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Union Berlin during their German Bundesliga soccer match at the PreZero-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Monday, Nov, 2, 2020. (Uwe Anspachdpa via AP)

Kruse latched onto Marius Bülter’s long ball out for a counterattack in injury time and gave Teuchert an easy finish to round off the scoring.

Bayern Munich leads on goal difference from Borussia Dortmund ahead of their clash in Dortmund on Saturday. Both sides have two points more than previous leader Leipzig.

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Berlin's Max Kruse, second left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Hoffenheim during their German Bundesliga soccer match at the PreZero-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Monday, Nov, 2, 2020. (Uwe Anspachdpa via AP)

Berlin's Max Kruse, front, battles for the ball with Hoffenheim's Kevin Akpoguma during their German Bundesliga soccer match at the PreZero-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Monday, Nov, 2, 2020. (Uwe Anspachdpa via AP)

Berlin's Taiwo Awoniyi, center, fails to score past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann during their German Bundesliga soccer match at the PreZero-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, Monday, Nov, 2, 2020. (Uwe Anspachdpa via AP)