NEWS: 04.05.2019

Borussia battle to a point against Hoffenheim

Borussia battle to a point against Hoffenheim
Nico Elvedi and Co. managed to keep TSG at arm’s length

Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga ended in a hard-fought 2-2 draw for the Foals against TSG Hoffenheim. Matthias Ginter and Josip Drmic both scored equalisers for the home side.

51,807 spectators at BORUSSIA-PARK saw the visitors from Hoffenheim take control of proceedings from the off and it was only thanks to some wonder stops from Yann Sommer that the Foals were still in the game after half an hour. He was helpless to keep out Pavel Kaderabek’s header from a corner on 33 minutes though, earning the away side a deserved 1-0 lead at half time.

TSG kept coming after the break and again Sommer was required to limit the damage while Borussia tried to create chances of their own. The double substitution at half time and the change of system to a 4-3-3 was steadily helping Gladbach’s cause, and the equaliser finally arrived in the 73rd minute. A cross from Florian Neuhaus took a fortunate deflection into the path of Matthias Ginter in the six-yard box and he gobbled up the chance to level the scores. Parity lasted just six minutes, however, with Nadiem Amiri restoring Hoffenheim’s lead with an unstoppable volley. Dieter Hecking responded by throwing on Josip Drmic and he netted a crucial equaliser with his first touch in the 84th minute after some great work by Alassane Plea. The 2-2 draw means the Foals stay ahead of TSG in the table and still control their own destiny in the race for Europe.

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Head coach Dieter Hecking made two changes to the side that was beaten in Stuttgart. Christoph Kramer was unavailable due to suspension and Jonas Hofmann dropped to the bench, with Tony Jantschke and Oscar Wendt coming in. The full line-up was as follows: Sommer; Elvedi, Ginter, Jantschke; Herrmann, Strobl, Zakaria, Neuhaus, Wendt; Hazard, Plea.

The boss was without Lars Stindl (fractured tibia), Raffael, Fabian Johnson (both calf) and Mamadou Doucouré (thigh) due to injury.

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