Sinsheim - VfB Stuttgart avoided a seventh defeat of the season after Timo Werner headed in a 90th minute equaliser against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Goals: 1-0 Volland (33'), 1-1 Kliment (64'), 2-1 Volland (77'), 2-2 Werner (90')
It was Hoffenheim who began brightly, controlling possession and creating a gilt-edged chance when Ermin Bicakcic hit the post. Stuttgart found their feet, however, pushing forward themselves, although were fortunate to escape unscathed from several Hoffenheim counter attacks.
With half an hour gone, the game sprang into life. The hosts were awarded a penalty for a foul on Pirmin Schwegler, and Kevin Volland had no problem slotting the ball home. The goal gave the hosts a shot in the arm, who spurned another chance minutes later when Eduardo Vargas nearly lobbed Stuttgart keeper Tyton from outside the area.
The game remained open in the second half, with both sides creating a handful of chances. With an hour gone, visiting coach Alexander Zorniger brought on three substitutes at once in a bid to force the equaliser. It worked: just one minute after coming on, Jan Kliment headed in the equaliser from a corner to score his first ever Bundesliga goal.
Hoffenheim regained the lead in the 77th minute, breaking from a Stuttgart corner. Kevin Volland nearly lost control at the last, but regained the ball before lobbing Tyton to make it 2-1. The points seemed sealed, but in the 90th minute Werner nodded in to salvage a point for Stuttgart.
Man of the match
Volland hit the net twice for a second brace in as many games. Alongside Eduardo Vargas, his movement and pace meant that Hoffenheim were constantly a threat on the counter attack.
Alex Zorniger's attacking philosophy looked to have backfired on his side again. When Volland put Hoffenheim 2-1 up, it wasn't the first time that a good Stuttgart performance appeared to have been ruined by their weakness defending counter-attacks. That his side fought back to get a point, though, is a fantastic sign for Zorniger. Could this herald the end of Stuttgart's luckless run?
- Kevin Volland has now scored four of Hoffenheim's last five goals, including a brace in each of his last two games.
- Stuttgart have now conceded 19 goals in their first eight Bundesliga games, more than at any other time in their history.
- The Swabians fired in 18 shots to Hoffenheim's 11.
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kaderabek, Süle, Bicakcic, Toljan – Schwegler, Polanski (Strobl 70'), Rudy (Kuranyi 69'), Schmid – Volland, Vargas (Schär 89')
Stuttgart: Tyton – Klein, Sunjic (Schwaab 63'), Baumgartl, Insua – Serey Die, Rupp (Ferati 63') – Didavi, Maxim (Kliment 63') – Harnik, Werner