Hoffenheim fightback frustrates Gladbach


Borussia Mönchengladbach saw their winless run in the Bundesliga extend to seven games after Nadiem Amiri's second-half goal for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim cancelled out Mahmoud Dahoud's opener and kept the visitors unbeaten.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Goals: 1-0 Dahoud (25'), 1-1 Amiri (53')

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Eager to make up for the disappointment of last week’s Rhine Derby reverse against 1. FC Köln, Gladbach’s endeavour produced the game’s first opening. Exchanging a slick one-two with Raffael, Lars Stindl raced through before firing at Oliver Baumann, the goalkeeper relived to cling on at the second attempt. The visiting custodian had no chance shortly afterwards, however, when Germany Under-21 international Mahmoud Dahoud accepted Christoph Kramer’s through pass before firing a sweetly-struck left-footed shot into the corner for 1-0.

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Having lost only once in eight previous outings against Hoffenheim, Gladbach appeared likely to extend that impressive record when Stindl was again sent through by Raffael, yet the striker prodded straight at Baumann. The visitors rallied and went close to equalising after Niklas Süle’s header at goal from a corner was cleared off the line by Oscar Wendt. Again Julian Nagelsmann’s charges came and they finally celebrated their equaliser as Nadiem Amiri’s shot from range wrong-footed goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Gladbach had chances to win it thereafter, yet a combination of fine goalkeeping from Baumann and a poor Fabian Johnson finish combined to leave the hosts frustrated.

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Man of the match

The 31-year-old Brazilian Raffael - a scorer of seven goals in all competitions for Gladbach this season - was a constant, lively menace for the hosts and at least one of his shrewd, defence-splitting passes should have led to a goal for Andre Shubert's side.

Match stats

    Hoffenheim have now won two and drawn five of their last seven games.Gladbach's winless run in the Bundesliga now stands at seven matches.The visitors remain unbeaten after 12 top-flight encounters this term.


Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Vestergaard, Christensen, Wendt - Kramer (Jantschke '87), Strobl, Dahoud - Stindl (Hahn '87), (c) - Hazard (Johnson 75), Raffael

Coach: Andre Schubert

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann - Schär (Amiri '46), Süle, Hübner - Kaderabek, Rudy (c), Polanski, Zuber (Toljan 58') - Kramaric - Wagner, Szalai (Uth '46)

Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

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