Borussia Mönchengladbach made it nine Bundesliga games unbeaten under new coach Andre Schubert after they fought back to hold TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to a thrilling 3-3 draw.
While Hoffenheim had failed to win or score since Huub Stevens took over as head coach, Gladbach came into the game on a ten-match unbeaten run, and a bright start had them in front inside five minutes. USA international and former Hoffenheim star Fabian Johnson scored the goal with a neat finish, but the credit belonged to Mahmoud Dahoud for a sublimely weighted through-ball.
The home side’s response was impressive, however. Steven Zuber scored their first goal of the Stevens’ era with a header from Nadiem Amiri’s corner, before Eugen Polanski’s deflected drive put TSG ahead after more good work from Amiri. Two minutes into the second half, Amiri then capitalised on Lars Stindl’s loose pass to make it 3-1, but Josip Drmic’s header ten minutes later kept the Foals in touch. In a dramatic twist, Johnson then raced clear to bag his second of the afternoon, denying his former employers a first home win of the season and ensuring his current club’s unbeaten streak continues.
Man of the match
After scoring against Juventus and Sevilla FC in the UEFA Champions League, Johnson’s sensational form continued here with two brilliantly-taken finishes. His second goal, which came after he sold two covering defenders a dummy and slotted high into the net, is worthy of particular praise.
The Foals’ unbeaten run was minutes away from coming to an end here, but Schubert will be delighted by the graft his side showed to recover and take a point and make it four games unbeaten against the Sinsheimers.
- Borussia have won seven and drawn two of their last nine league games.
- Drmic scored his first Bundesliga goal for Gladbach since signing from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the summer.
- Hoffenheim had lost the last 13 league matches in which they had conceded the first goal.
- Amiri scored his first goal and recorded his first assists of the season for Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Strobl, Süle, Schär, Kim – Polanski, Schwegler (c) – Elyounoussi, Amiri, Zuber (Schmid 86’) – Volland (Szalai 80’)
Gladbach: Sommer – Korb (Elvedi 80’), Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt – Dahoud (Hazard 49’), Xhaka (c) - Stindl, Raffael, Johnson – Drmic (Hrgota 84’)