Sandro Wagner marked his return to the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor, but it was Denys Oliinyk, who provided the heroics as his last-minute effort rescued SV Darmstadt 98 a share of the spoils.
Both sides made a cautious start to proceedings, but it was Nadiem Amiri's low shot that drew the first save of the game out of Darmstadt's keeper Michael Esser. Hoffenheim were enjoying the greater share of possession, but it was Darmstadt that were posing the greater threat.Antonio Colak twice went close to an opener before Alexander Milosevic got on the end of a wonderful free kick just before the break only to see his shot roll past the far post.
Hoffenheim came into the second half with great purpose, as Andrej Kramaric found the bottom corner from 25 yards just 34 seconds after the restart. With the deadlock broken, the match became an intense affair with both teams battling for supremacy. Darmstadt continued to look the likelier to score with first Colak, and then Florian Jungwirth, spurning chances to level the scores. However, substitute Denys Oliinyk made no such mistake as he scored a dramatic late equaliser, tapping home at the back post with less than a minute left to play.
The 1-1 draw in Darmstadt was the fourth consecutive game in which Hoffenheim have shared the spoils, leaving Julian Nagelmann's men without a Bundesliga victory in the current campaign.
- Hoffenheim boasted 71 per cent of possession. Kramaric’s goal was his first in six games, and his first ever against Darmstadt.Hoffenheim have scored twice from distance this season - already once more than in the previous campaign.
Darmstadt: Esser – Fedetskyy (Sirigu 82'), Höhn, Milosevic, Guwara – Jungwirth, Gondorf (c) – Kleinheisler (Oliinyk 75'), Bezjak, Heller – Colak
Coach: Norbert Meier
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Rudy, Vogt, Bicakcic, Kaderabek – Polanski (c) (Toljan 61') – Demirbay, Amiri (Rupp 72') – Uth, Kramaric (Vargas 53')- Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann