Hoffenheim and Hamburg share spoils

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Hamburger SV are still searching for their first win of the Bundesliga season after they played out to a 2-2 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Sunday.

Hoffenheim 2 Hamburg 2

Plenty of chances in Sinsheim

Kostic gives visitors 28th-min lead

Wagner equalises just before HT

Zuber puts hosts in front on 49 mins

Muller earns Hamburg share of the spoils

Match Summary

Filip Kostic gave Markus Gisdol’s side the lead on 28 minutes in Sinsheim, but Hoffenheim responded in first-half stoppage time with an equaliser from Sandro Wagner, before Steven Zuber fired them front early in the second half.

However, Hamburg were back in the game on 61 minutes when Nicolai Muller restored parity, although the stalemate extended their winless run in the league to 11 outings.

Full Report

There was plenty of action in the opening stages with the hosts making the better start, as Andrej Kramaric had three chances in the first 10 minutes but only forced Christian Mathenia to make a save on one occasion.

Pavel Kaderabek also failed to work the keeper with his effort on six minutes, while at the other end Muller fired over from Lewis Holtby’s cross on the quarter-hour mark.

Hoffenheim went close on 17 minutes as Kerem Demirbay connected with Nadiem Amiri’s free-kick, but could only steer the ball wide of the left post, and Ermin Bicakcic missed with a header from six yards out following a Sebastian Rudy corner in the 22nd minute.

The visitors then enjoyed a spell of pressure midway through the first half, with Holtby narrowly missing the target from inside the area after being played in by Gotoku Sakai, before Michael Gregoritsch saw his 27th-minute strike from range well saved by Oliver Baumann.

And Hamburg took the lead moments later on the breakaway as Kostic beat Baumann from an acute angle on the left after being set up by Holtby.

The goal gave Hamburg confidence as they created a flurry of chances within the space of five minutes, but Holtby and Gregoritsch failed to test the keeper with their respective efforts, while Kostic’s header from a Matthias Ostrzolek cross was saved by Baumann.

However, Hoffenheim came back to finish the half strongly with three chances falling to Wagner, who made the third one count as he got on the end of Demirbay’s corner to slot home from close range in stoppage time.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men then went in front four minutes after the restart as Zuber fired past Mathenia from Kaderabek’s cross, but they were pegged back just 12 minutes later when Muller scored from close range following another counter.

There were chances for both teams to clinch all three points as the second half wore on but Benjamin Hubner, Kramaric and Zuber were wasteful for the home team, while Holtby and Kostic squandered late chances for Hamburg.

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