Borussia Dortmundwere unable to make up much ground at the Bundesliga summit after being held to a 2-2 draw away to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday night.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund
Sent off: Reus (41')
There was a breathless first 45 minutes in Hoffenheim as two of the Bundesliga's top teams this season exchanged blows. The hosts drew first blood when Mark Uth rounded Roman Weidenfeller in the third minute, but BVB responded well and equalised shortly afterwards through Mario Götze. However, Sandro Wagner restored Hoffenheim's lead with a header following a corner, before matters got even worse for the visitors when Marco Reus was sent off for a second bookable offence.
The tempo remained intense after the interval, and Wagner had a glorious chance to give Hoffenheim some breathing room only to see his close-range shot cannon off the post. It was a costly miss, as Dortmund levelled immediately afterwards. The irrepressible Ousmane Dembele darted forward and fed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to net his 16th Bundesliga goal of the season with a smart dink. Both teams pushed for a winner until the very end, but ultimately the draw was a fair result to a wonderfully entertaining encounter.