Maximilian Beier brace sends Hoffenheim to dramatic win in Dortmund


Maximilian Beier struck twice as Hoffenheim completed a dramatic second-half turnaround to take a win in Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Hoffenheim
Goals: 0-1 Bebou 2' 1-1 Malen 21' (assist: Reus), 2-1 Schlotterbeck 25' (assist: Reus), 2-2 Beier 61' (assist: Grillitsch), 2-3 Beier 65' (assist: Stach)

Borussia Dortmund went out confident of extending their six-match unbeaten Bundesliga run in front of their own fans. Their optimism was shaken, however, as Ihlas Bebou pounced on a misplaced defensive pass by Emre Can to take the ball into the box and tuck Hoffenheim into a second-minute lead. Dortmund responded by pushing immediately for an equaliser, with Marcel Sabitzer, Ian Maatsen and Donyell Malen all having opportunities in the opening 20 minutes. A corner then brought the hosts back on level terms, as Julian Brandt's delivery was flicked on by a Marco Reus header for the onrushing Malen to turn in. Another set piece five minutes later saw the Black and Yellow's surge in front, as Reus's clipped free-kick was dispatched into the net by a Nico Schlotterbeck bullet header at the near post. Bebou snatched a shot as the visitors saw a chance for a quick leveller, but otherwise Dortmund continued to dominate and took the lead into the break.

Pellegrino Matarazzo's men looked to take the game to Dortmund at the start of the second period, and Maximilian Beier threatened to pounce on more defensive uncertainty - receiving a Julian Ryerson pass - but flashed his shot over. Niclas Füllkrug had a chance for a third, but hit his shot too tamely. The ball came to Beier in the danger area again and this time the 21-year-old striker made it count - thanks to a big deflection from Schlotterbeck that took the ball past Alexander Meyer. Beier was then picked out by a tidy ball across the box by Anton Stach as the visitors sprung the Dortmund defence open again to push Hoffenheim into a shock lead. Reus had a shot saved and Füllkrug flashed a shot wide as Dortmund looked to respond, though Anthony Brooks also threatened from a corner for the visitors. A late spell of pressure from the Black and Yellows saw an appeal for a penalty for handball waved away before Can sent a stoppage-time header over - but Hoffenheim held firm and secured three big away points.

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  • Malen now has ten goals this season - making it his highest-ever scoring Bundesliga campaign after nine strikes in 2022/23.
  • Reus provided two assists today after just one in the opening 22 Bundesliga Matchdays of the season.
  • Dortmund had been unbeaten in six matches since the turn of the year but were beaten for the first time in 2024 today.
  • Beier has ten goals this season and is Hoffenheim's leading goalscorer. 
  • Oliver Baumann made his Bundesliga debut against Dortmund in May 2010 (a 3-1 win for Freiburg) and today made his 450th appearance in the German top flight.
  • Hoffenheim won their first five away games this season, and won their first in seven on the road today.

Watch: Edin Terzic says Dortmund "gave away the win"


Dortmund: Meyer - Ryerson (Hummels 79'), Can (c), Schlotterbeck, Maatsen (Adeyemi 75') - Sabitzer, Brandt - Malen, Reus (Duranville 87'), Sancho (Bynoe-Gittens 75') - Füllkrug (Moukoko 75')
Unused subs: Lotka, Bensebaini, Wolf, Özcan
Out: Bueno (knee), Haller (ankle), Kobel (muscular), F. Nmecha (hip), Süle (illness)
Coach: Edin Terzić

Hoffenheim: Baumann (c) - Kadeřábek, Kabak, Brooks, Skov (Jurásek 49') -  Grillitsch - Stach, Tohumcu (Becker 79') - Kramarić - Beier (Weghorst 79'), Bebou (Bülter 79')
Unused subs: Philipp, Drexler, Adams, Geiger, Moerstedt
Out: Akpoguma (back), Berisha (knee), Bischof (ill), Conté (ill), John (knee), Nsoki (suspended), Prömel (knee)
Coach: Pellegrino Matarazzo