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REPORT | Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-3 Hoffenheim

Julian Nagelsmann will no doubt go home disappointed with just one point after TSG 1899 Hoffenheim dominated for much of the game. The visitors found themselves in the lead on three separate occasions, only to be pegged back in a six-goal thriller.

Injuries plagued Dieter Hecking’s Borussia Mönchengladbach with his favoured midfield pivot of Denis Zakaria and Christoph Kramer both out injured, while there was no place for Reece Oxford.

Julian Nagelsmann’s TSG 1899 Hoffenhem matched their opponents in terms of formation with Andrej Kramaric partnering Serge Gnabry, the same duo that caused VfL Wolfsburg so many problems on Matchday 26.

Dominant from the off, it didn’t take Hoffenheim long before carving out the first real opportunity through Kramaric. Minutes later, Nagelsmann’s side found themselves in the lead after Benjamin Hübner latched onto Kramaric’s corner.

Borussia Mönchengladbach replied almost instantly which saw Lars Stindl’s effort blocked before Patrick Hermann forced Olivier Baumann into a fine save.

Persistence finally paid off for Gladbach although through rather dubious circumstances. Josip Drmic latched onto Mickaël Cuisance’s through ball before rounding Yann Sommer.

It’s clear that Dieter Hecking motivated the players at half-time because for the first 15 minutes following the break, they were the better side.

However, Hoffenheim’s impressive counter-attack resulted in Serge Gnabry winning a penalty which Kramaric tucked away.

Just when Gladbach needed something to turn for them, Lars Stindl finally found himself the space he’d been so craving for, placing the ball beyond Baumann but almost instantly, Hofffenheim had found themselves back in the lead. Florian Grillitsch found himself in acres of space to place the ball in the far corner to give the visitors the lead with 15 minutes remaining.

Matthias Ginter equalised late on for Borussia Mönchengladbach through Matthias Ginter, who was criminally unmarked at the far post, firing the ball in from close range.

As a result, Hoffenheim remain in seventh, with Borussia Mönchengladbach four points behind.

 

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