The hosts, however, were happy to have gained a point from a thrilling encounter with die Schwarz-Gelben.
bundesliga.com summarises some of the players' post-match thoughts.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: It was an incredibly tough game. Hoffenheim played extremely well, especially on the counter-attack. We fought and gave everything right until the end. We should really have won the game, even though Hoffenheim created a few chances themselves. But we had a lot of opportunities to score, even after we fell behind.
Nuri Sahin: If you score two goals away from home, you're usually in a good position to win, but the goals we conceded in the first half were completely unnecessary. After that, we were up against it, but we had enough chances to score more goals. It's our own fault we didn't take them.
Kevin Volland: Across the 90 minutes today, the tempo from both teams was just brutal. I think we took to the field as a team and battled really hard because we knew that Dortmund are an incredibly strong attacking side. I think everyone saw that today. Both teams had great chances to win the game in the end. Great credit to our defence – they cleared so much today. A share of the spoils is fair.
Jannik Vestergaard: It’s a little annoying that we couldn’t stay 2-0 up. Then again, today’s opponents were Borussia Dortmund. We did well against them and so we can be happy with the point. It was a good home game to finish the year off and a good finish for our fans. Everyone was fully committed. The last home game of the year went well for us.