It was the home side who made the breakthrough when David Abraham beat two Nuremburg defenders to head the ball home from close range. Kevin Volland came within inches of doubling Hoffenheim’s advantage with a looping effort on half time, but they had to settle for a one-goal lead at the break.
Der Club fight back
Seven minutes after the break Hoffenheim did manage to extend their lead, when Firmino’s low cross found Anthony Modeste, who opened his account for the club with a simple finish from inside the six-yard box.
Incredibly, it was 2-2 just four minutes later as the visitors staged a mini-comeback. Niklas Stark pulled one back for Der Club with a header, before Ginczek muscled his way through the home defence to slot the ball past Casteels into the bottom right corner. Both sides squandered opportunities late on and as a result both had to settle for just a share of the spoils.
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