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Hertha BSC
D. Lukebakio (37)
A. Kramarić (25)

Hertha and Hoffenheim play out 1-1 draw

By Ultan Corcoran   @UltanCorcoran

Andrej Kramaric struck first on his 200th Bundesliga appearance while Dodi Lukebakio pulled Sandro Schwarz's team level before the break. The sides remained inseparable after the restart in a half that lacked chances.
Andrej Kramaric.
Andrej Kramaric.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche
Hertha Berlin welcomed Sinsheim based side TSG Hoffenheim to the Olympiastadion this sunny Sunday afternoon in the German capital. After a brief delay to kick off thanks to some much-needed repairs regarding a hole in goal netting, Kanga went closest for the hosts on 8 minutes. Serdar’s ball picked out the Ivorian who did well to stride clear of Vogt but failed to provide a finish. Hoffenheim’s Kramarić fired over on 18 minutes after a well worked corner, while surprise inclusion Munas Dabbur stung the palms of Christensen moments later as Hoffenheim began to settle into the game.

The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes through Andrej Kramarić. Angelino picked out the advancing Kabak whose cross-come-shot was guided home expertly with a cultured instep finish from the Croatian talisman. Hertha was behind on the scoreboard for just over ten minutes however as ‘Die Alte Dame’ levelled matters at 1-1 on 37 minutes. Ejuke’s perfectly weighted pass carved out space for Dodi Lukebakio who gave Baumann no chance between the sticks.

Hertha started the second half in lively fashion as the fleet footed Ejuke jinked inside only to fire narrowly wide. Baumgartner slipped a shot wide for Hoffenheim, while Lukebakio almost doubled his tally on the afternoon when his acrobatic strike evaded the target. Stiller replaced Geiger just after the hour mark who was threatening to get booked again. Sandro Schwarz made alterations of his own as Selke and the in-form Richter took to the field for Kanga and Serdar.

While Skov and Bruun Larsen were introduced to the Hoffenheim attacking ranks, so Kevin Prince Boateng for BSC, the game wore on destined for a draw. Neither side really looked like creating that match winning moment as the spoils were shared in Berlin. Hoffenheim remain in fifth place in the table as Schwarz’s BSC currently lie in 14th unless Schalke can do anything to leapfrog them.

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