Kaiserslautern's hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a major blow today with a 2-1 defeat at home to Hoffenheim.
Sejad Salihovic converted a penalty for Hoffenheim in the 26th minute and Boris Vukcevic made it 2-0 after 71 minutes. Alexander Bugera pulled a goal back for Kaiserslautern in the 86th minute.
But the home side, cut adrift at the bottom of the Bundesliga, could not score again.
With just two goal in the last seven games, they extended their winless run to 19 games with 20 points - their fourth straight defeat - nine points from the relegation playoff spot with five matches left.
Hoffenheim can continue to dream about Europe after increasing their undefeated streak to four games for 37 points.
Hoffenheim went ahead in the 26th minute from the spot as Rodnei brought down Roberto Firmino in the area and Salihovic struck his penalty into the upper left corner.
Kaiserslautern were close to equalising seven minutes before the break but Hoffenheim keeper Tom Starke was able to save Julian Derstroff's long distance effort from 27 yards.
Hoffenheim upped their advantage to 2-0 after 71 minutes after a poor pass by defender CC de Wit. Vukcevic ran on to the ball and then beat keeper Tobais Sippel.
The hosts were inches from making it 3-0 in the 74th minute but Ryan Babel's lob went just over the crossbar.
The home side pulled a goal back in the 86th minute as Bugera's free kick from right of goal went in untouched.