Robert Skov and Dennis Srbeny both grabbed early goals as Paderborn and Hoffenheim shared the points in an entertaining draw at the Benteler-Arena.
Hoffenheim came out all guns blazing and quickly opened the scoring, as Pavel Kaderabek skipped past Jamilu Collins on the right and squared for Skov to sweep into the roof of the net. But their good early work was then undone by a mistake from centre-back Ermin Bicakcic - the Bosnian's mishit pass rolled nicely into the path of Srbeny, who didn't even take a touch before curling in an equaliser from 25 yards out. Skov could have doubled up for Hoffenheim after a fine long ball forward from Benjamin Hübner, but his lobbed effort was cleared off the line by Collins. The visitors continued to enjoy the better chances, with Austrian duo Christoph Baumgartner and Stefan Posch going close, although Paderborn could have been ahead before the break, with Sebastian Rudy almost deflecting a Gerrit Holtmann cross into his own net under pressure from Sebastian Vasiliadis.
The first opportunity of the second half fell to Paderborn, although Kai Pröger should perhaps have squared for Mohamed Dräger instead of dragging his shot wide. Vasiliadis was in the right place at the right time to deflect a Florian Grillitsch effort, before Pröger whipped in a teasing cross from the right that Christopher Antwi-Adjej and substitute Streli Mamba couldn't quite get on the end of. Munas Dabbur also came off the bench for Hoffenheim - having missed last week's 3-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin to attend the birth of his first child - and had his side's best chances of snatching the win, first testing Leopold Zingerle from a tight angle and then heading just wide. Ultimately, both sides had to be satisfied with a point as it finished 1-1 - bottom side Paderborn are now winless in eight games, and mid-table Hoffenheim in seven.
- Skov has scored two of his four goals this season against Paderborn. The Dane netted after two minutes in November's reverse fixture and after four minutes today.
- Skov scored his first Bundesliga goal away from home, and the first with his right foot.
- Paderborn have now scored against all 20 Bundesliga teams they have faced over the years. Hoffenheim were the only team missing from that list before this game.
- Srbeny has notched five goals in 10 Bundesliga outings since joining Paderborn from Norwich in January, including four in his last six appearances.
- Paderborn have failed to win in eight league games (D3, L5), while Hoffenheim haven't won in seven (D3, L4).
- TSG ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture, with all three goals falling inside the opening 26 minutes. It was Alfred Schreuder's biggest victory as Hoffenheim coach.
Paderborn: Zingerle - Dräger (Jans 81'), Hünemeier (c), Schonlau, Collins - Vasiliadis (Jastrzembski 82'), Gjasula, Antwi-Adjei - Pröger (Sabiri 81'), Srbeny (Zolinski 76'), Holtmann (Mamba 65')
Unused subs: Huth, Strohdiek, Ritter, Evans
Out: Kilian (thigh), Michel (groin)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Posch, Bicakcic, Hübner (c) - Kaderabek, Grillitsch, Rudy (Geiger 76'), Zuber (Dabbur 63'), Baumgartner - Skov, Bebou (Beier 76')
Unused subs: Pentke, Nordtveit, Bruun Larsen, Samassekou, Akpoguma, Ribeiro
Out: Adamyan (ankle), Belfodil (knee), Kramaric (ankle), Stafylidis (muscular)
Coach: Alfred Schreuder