TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hit back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with ten-man 1. FSV Mainz 05 in a barnstorming conclusion to Matchday 2 at the Opel Arena.
Red card: Bussmann (58')
Fans should have known something special was afoot when Mainz served up the fastest Bundesliga goal of the current campaign inside three minutes. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann clawed Yunus Malli's deflected corner off the line, but only succeeded in directing the ball onto the head of Pablo De Blasis, who expertly powered his effort into the net. After Andrej Kramaric struck a post for Hoffenheim, quick-fire goals from De Blasis and Jhon Cordoba gave Mainz a commanding lead. Sandro Wagner did manage to pull one back, only for Levin Öztunali to restore the 05ers' three-goal advantage with a debut strike late in the half.
Mainz were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Gaëten Bussmann was found guilty of committing a professional foul on Kramaric as the Croatian international raced through on goal. Despite being at a numerical disadvantage, Mainz still carried a threat going forward, but two goals in as many minutes from Hoffenheim substitute Mark Uth set up a grandstand finale. The pressure was mounting and Hoffenheim's persistence was rewarded six minutes from normal time as substitute Adam Szalai struck from close range to rescue a point in a game that will live long in the memory of Bundesliga fans the world over.
Hoffenheim looked dead and buried at the break, but their gung-ho approach turned the game on its head. When the Sinsheimers play like this, as they did on a weekly basis back in 2013/14 when they registered 72 goals and conceded 70 in the league, they are one of the most watchable sides in the Bundesliga.
- Mainz registered four first-half goals for the first time in their Bundesliga history.De Blasis has delivered the opening goal with five of his last six strikes.Wagner has played for six Bundesliga clubs and scored for four.
Mainz: Lössl - Donati, Bell (c), Balogun, Bussmann - Gbamin - Öztunali (Clemens 73'), Malli, Frei, De Blasis (Brosinski 61') - Cordoba (Onisiwo 79')
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Schär (Uth 36'), Süle, Bicakcic - Polanski (c) (Szalai 65'), Schwegler - Toljan (Kaderabek 46'), Rudy , Rupp - Wagner, Kramaric
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann