Summary

  • Ten-man Dortmund hold unbeaten Hoffenheim.
  • Reus sent off in first half.
  • Aubameyang with 16th goal of the season.

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

Goals: 1-0 Uth (3'), 1-1 Götze (11'), 2-1 Wagner (20'), 2-2 Aubameyang (48')

Sent off: Reus (41')

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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.

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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.

It was an end-to-end game in Hoffenheim on Friday night, with Mark Uth (c.) giving the hosts an early lead here. © imago / Thomas Frey

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Man of the match

Dembele was simply unplayable at times. The 19-year-old's quick feet, outstanding control and devastating pace twice undid a resolute Hoffenheim defence to allow Dortmund to score. He even seemed to thrive on having more responsibility once BVB went down to ten men.

Talking point

Although Hoffenheim will be disappointed not to have taken maximum points after playing with an extra man for 49 minutes, they still extended their astonishing unbeaten run to 15 consecutive league games this season.

Match stats

  • Uth's strike was both the earliest Hoffenheim goal this season and the quickest Dortmund have conceded.
  • Aubameyang scored his 100th competitive goal for Dortmund in this match.
  • Reus, playing his 209th Bundesliga match, was sent off for the first time ever in the league.

Line-ups

Hoffenheim:Baumann, Süle, Vogt, Hübner - Kaderabek, Toljan – Rudy (c) - Amiri, Demirbay (Atik 61') - Wagner, Uth (Kramaric 58')

Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Ginter, Bender, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) - Weigl – Pulisic (Ramos 83'), Dembele (Mor 69'), Götze, Reus – Aubameyang (Merino 90+2')

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

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