Serge Gnabry's fifth goal in his last five Bundesliga games helped Hoffenheim leave the Commerzbank Arena with a valuable point after Luka Jovic had earlier given Eintracht Frankfurt a second-half lead.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 (Jovic 49'), 1-1 Gnabry (56')
Hoping to reel in the hosts, who began the day with a slim three-point lead over their opponents, Julian Nagelsmann's side went sniffing for chances early on and were almost gifted the perfect opening when Lukas Hradecky sent a clearance against Mark Uth before the goalkeeper gathered in relief. With both sides largely cancelling each other out thereafter, opportunities to create openings were few and far between.
The packed crowd at the Commerzbank Arena were treated to a significant increase in the action in an entertaining second half. Uth spurned the chance to pick out a teammate in front of goal when well positioned to do so and would rue that decision soon after with Eintracht taking the lead. Making his first start of the season following a back injury, Marco Fabian laid on a pass for Marius Wolf who in turn picked out Jovic for an easy finish. The visitors quickly rallied, however, and were level when a long kick-out by Oliver Baumann was met but Uth's flicked assist to Gnabry who powered forward before firing home. Both teams pushed for a winner thereafter but settled for a share of the spoils that keeps their respective European hopes alive and well.
- Jovic is now level with Sebastien Haller on top of the Eintracht scoring charts, both registering eight goals this campaign. Jovic has scored in each of his last four Bundesliga games. Gnabry has found the net five times in his last five games and can also boast two assists in that run.Kevin-Prince Boateng has never been on the losing side against Hoffenheim.Hoffenheim defender Benjamin Hübner has never lost against Frankfurt and is the son of Eintracht sporting director Bruno Hübner.Eintracht have only won one of their last ten Bundesliga meetings with Hoffenheim, a 3-1 triumph back in May 2015.
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Russ (Falette 67'), Hasebe, Abraham (c) – Da Costa, de Guzman, Boateng (Gacinovic 61'), Willems – Wolf – Fabian, Jovic (Haller 55')
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Fernandes, Chandler, Barkok
Absentees: Salcedo (collarbone), Mascarell (foot), Meier (fitness), Mandela (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Akpoguma, Nordtveit (c), Hübner – Kaderabek, Grillitsch, Rupp (Demirbay 53'), Schulz – Kramaric (Amiri 57'), Uth, Gnabry (Szalai 83')
Unused subs: Kobel, Polanski, Zuber, Hoogma,
Absentees: Geiger (thigh), Bicakcic (groin)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
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