Hoffenheim rescue Leverkusen draw

Bayer Leverkusen let the lead slip twice as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hoffenheim

Leverkusen 2-2 Hoffenheim

Goals: Wendell (32' pen), Kramaric (47'), Bellarabi (49'), Uth (70')

Kevin Volland miscued in the box after 16 minutes but Leverkusen eventually edged in front when Julian Brandt was adjudged to have been fouled by Ermin Bicakcic inside the area. Wendell’s penalty went in off the post and a one-goal lead was the least the hosts deserved after a dominant first half. Andrej Kramaric punished hesitant defending to haul Hoffenheim level after the restart but the home side struck back instantly when Karim Bellarabi drove into the corner from inside the penalty area. Hoffenheim escaped with a point, though, when Kerem Demirbay crossed for Mark Uth to equalise.



Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell - Kohr, Aranguiz - Bellarabi, Mehmedi - Brandt, Volland
Coach: Heiko Herrlich

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Bicakcic, Vogt, Hübner - Toljan, Zuber - Rupp, Amiri - Uth, Szalai, Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

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    It has been 23 years since Leverkusen last lost their first two Bundesliga matches. Die Werkself are winless in their last six home matches (four draws, two defeats).This is the third time Leverkusen have entertained Hoffenheim in their first home game of a Bundesliga season. They won on the two previous occasions, in 2009/10 (1-0) and 2015/16 (2-1). Admir Mehmedi scored his first goal of 2017 in last week's 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.Hoffenheim haven't kicked off a Bundesliga campaign with back-to-back wins in seven years, although Julian Nagelsmann's side did win both meetings with Leverkusen last season.Nineteen substitutes have scored in Nagelsmann's 49 Bundesliga matches in charge – the best ratio of any coach.Kevin Volland moved from Hoffenheim to Leverkusen last year after scoring 33 goals in 132 matches for the visitors.

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