Match report: Hoffenheim 2-1 Dortmund

1899 Hoffenheim came from behind to upset Borussia Dortmund in their final game of 2019 on Friday night.

Mario Gotze gave Borussia Dortmund the lead on 16 minutes from close range after Achraf Hakimi’s cutback from the byline. And whilst Lucien Favre’s side dominated possession and dictated the game in the first half, they failed to add to their account.

It has been a similar story on several occasions this season as the visitors were made to pay in the second half. Despite creating a few more chances and failing to connect with several cutbacks in the second half, Dortmund found themselves pegged back on level terms in the quarter-of-an-hour.

Lucien Favre’s side were made to pay in the final 15 minutes, first when Sargis Adamyan tapped home a rebound after Pavel Kaderabek’s cross from the right was initially blocked by a scrambling Roman Burki.

Hoffenheim took the game to Dortmund in the second half after Mats Hummels was replaced by Lukasz Piszczek and Thorgan Hazard had departed for Jacob Bruun Larsen at the break. 1899 were able to break their four-game winless run when Andrej Kramaric headed back across goal into the far corner to give them a 2-1 lead with three minutes remaining.

A wasteful Borussia Dortmund failed to equalise in the closing stages as they missed the opportunity to gain ground on leaders RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach, both who are in action later this weekend.

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