Arminia Bielefeld secured a vital 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim after Andreas Voglsammer's free-kick equaliser cancelled out Andrej Kramaric's record-breaking opener.
Before the match, all eyes were on Hoffenheim forward Kramaric; the Croatia international stood poised to claim a club record for a single season’s goal tally should he find the net. While others may have struggled with nerves on such an occasion, Kramaric wasted no time. Just five minutes into the match, the visitors successfully defended a corner and immediately turned defence into attack. Kramaric collected the ball and charged forward, laying the ball off to Sargis Adamyan, who returned the favour and the ball to allow the Hoffenheim captain to slot home the opener and write his name into the record books. Bielefeld refused to let their heads drop, however. With just over 20 minutes played, the hosts were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position. Voglsammer stepped up to the mark, and curled an unstoppable shot over the wall and into the top corner to equalise. The two sides battled each other, and at-times torrential rain, but eventually returned to the dressing rooms with the scores level.
The sunshine returned for the beginning of the second half, and with it, a flood of chances. Bielefeld pressed relentlessly and went close to taking the lead, only for Philipp Pentke to produce some impressive saves to keep the teams on equal terms. Hoffenheim looked happy to soak up the pressure and try their luck on the counter-attack and nearly took the lead, once again through Kramaric, only to see Stefan Ortega stretch out a hand and produce a brilliant save to deny him a second goal. Ortega was once again called upon to keep his side in it and deny Kramaric. Securing the draw left Bielefeld close to Bundesliga safety, one point above the relegation zone ahead of their trip to VfB Stuttgart on the final day.
- Voglsammer's goal was his second in the Bundesliga, following his debut on Matchday 27 in Mainz.
- Bielefeld ran a total of 74 miles (119km) compared to Hoffenheim's 71.5 miles (115.1km).
- Kramaric scored his 19th goal of the season; not just a personal record, but also making him Hoffenheim's top scorer in a season, surpassing Vedad Ibisevic's total from 2008/2009.
- Ryan Sessegnon has featured in 11 of Hoffenheim's last 12 fixtures, starting seven, but hasn’t had a hand in a goal since the back end of last year, when he produced two goals and as many assists between Matchdays 8-13.
- Six matches marks Hoffenheim’s longest unbeaten run under Hoeneß.
Bielefeld: Ortega - Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Lucoqui - Okugawa (Hartel 79'), Prietl, Maier (Kunze 89') - Doan (Schipplock 89'), Klos (c), Voglsammer (23') (Soukou 79')
Unused subs: Linner, van der Hoorn, Gebauer, de Medina, Vlap
Coach: Frank Kramer
Hoffenheim: Pentke - Kaderabek, Posch, Akpoguma (Vogt 66'), Sessegnon (John 62') - Grillitsch, Samassekou - Skov (Gacinovic 62'), Kramaric (c) (5'), Adamyan (Rutter 83') - Bebou
Unused subs: Philipp, Rudy, Bogarde, Haider, Beier
Out: Baumann (pelvis), Baumgartner (ankle), Bicakcic (knee), Brenet (not included), Dabbur (personal reasons), Geiger (hamstring), Hübner (ankle), Nordtveit (foot), Richards (thigh), Stafylidis (shoulder)
Coach: Sebastian Hoeneß