Borussia Mönchengladbach came from behind to inflict the first defeat on Hoffenheim in Sinsheim since May 2016 with a 3-1 win.

Hoffenheim 1-3 Gladbach

Goals: 1-0 Demirbay (25'), 1-1 Hazard (61'), 1-2 Ginter (79'), 1-3 Vestergaard (82')

Gladbach made a bright start as Jannik Vestergaard headed wide from an early corner before Thorgan Hazard struck just wide of the far post with only Oliver Baumann to beat. Hoffenheim's response came from Nadiem Amiri, whose control and volley were not rewarded with a goal as the offside flag curtailed his celebrations, before Mark Uth levelled the tally of big chances, shooting inches over the bar. Back at the other end, Vincenzo Grifo curled an effort onto the far post and Matthias Ginter shot wide before Demirbay sent a sweet volley past Yann Sommer from the edge of the area to fire the hosts in front.

Nico Elvedi went close to his second Bundesliga goal with a header which Baumann palmed away, but Gladbach did not have to wait much longer before they did level with Grifo's intelligent cross to the far post chested down by Hazard, who subsequently swept the ball low inside the far post. Gladbach's counterattacking game continued to cause Hoffenheim problems, and the outstanding Grifo bamboozled the Hoffenheim defence twice before teeing up Ginter to put the guests in front. Sandro Wagner almost levelled immediately with a header just over the crossbar, before Vestergaard's header against his former club sealed victory late on for the Foals, for whom Reece Oxford made his Bundesliga debut in the closing stages.

Man of the Match

Grifo was involved in all of Gladbach's attacks and, in addition to striking the woodwork and having a free-kick tipped over by Baumann, he provided ingenious assists for Gladbach's first two goals.

Match stats

  • Hoffenheim have gone four games without a win for the first time since December 2016.
  • In their last ten competitive outings, Hoffenheim have thrown away a lead seven times.
  • Hoffenheim's unbeaten home run has ended after 22 Bundesliga matches without a defeat on home soil
  • Hoffenheim last lost at home on 14 May, 2016.
  • Demirbay scored two against Gladbach last season, and now has three in two meetings with the Foals.
  • After scoring with two penalties, Hazard's third goal of the season was his first from open play.
  • Vestergaard has scored nine of his 13 Bundesliga goals with his head.

Line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Akpoguma, Vogt (c), Posch (Ochs 83'), Kaderabek (Rupp 50'), Geiger, Demirbay, Schulz - Amiri - Wagner, Uth (Kramaric 35')
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Gladbach: Sommer – Jantschke (Johnson 71'), Vestergaard, Ginter - Elvedi, Zakaria, Grifo, Wendt – Hofmann (Herrmann 14'), Hazard – Stindl (Oxford 89')
Coach: Dieter Hecking

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