Hoffenheim stay unbeaten in Bremen draw

It was a bittersweet evening for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, who surrendered the lead late on in a 1-1 draw with SV Werder Bremen, but can nevertheless be proud of going the entire Hinrunde without defeat.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 SV Werder Bremen

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Goals: 1-0 Wagner (26'), 1-1 Gnabry (87')

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Any hopes Bremen might have had of inflicting a first defeat of the season on Hoffenheim were quickly dashed once the match kicked off, with the hosts impressing immediately. They were rewarded for their efforts just before the half-hour mark when Kerem Demirbay's in-swinging cross from the right skipped across the six-yard box, allowing Sandro Wagner to nip in front of goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny and give Hoffenheim a deserved half-time lead.

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The hosts refused to ease up after the interval and sought a second goal to kill the game off. Jeremy Toljan had the best chance, running one-on-one with Jaroslav Drobny from a superb through-ball from Demirbay, but the goalkeeper was able to save. It proved to be a costly miss, as Bremen struck back just before the final whistle when Serge Gnabry finished off a well-worked team move.