Hoffenheim staged a heroic second-half comeback to steal a point against Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon, condemning the Bundesliga leaders to a third straight game without victory.
When a legitimate goal eventually came and there was no surprise that it was Sancho who got it. The former Man City youth star played a neat give and go with Lukas Piszczek before dragging the ball across Oliver Baumann and into the bottom left hand corner.
Dortmund controlled the game with ease in the first half and saw plenty of ball at Hoffenheim’s expense. Julian Nagelsmann’s side struggled to keep at pace with Dortmund and found themselves chasing the game.
Raphael Guerreiro was the next name of the score sheet as Dortmund looked to have sealed the victory early in the second half. Sancho and Gӧtze linked up again with short passes before finding Guerreiro to fire home.
Kaderabek then turned from provided to scorer as he headed home a Florian Grillitsch cross with seven minutes remaining.
Key Talking Point
Well, the hosts played exceptionally in the first half and few would've even noticed the star's absence.
Dortmund's forward three had countless opportunities towards the end of the first half and were unlucky not to score more.
Maximillian Phillip proved that he is not a suitable replacement for the captain though. He struggled to get on the ball as Sancho and Gӧtze ran the game before Hoffenheim’s second half comeback. Since his move from Freiburg Phillip has struggled to keep a place in the starting eleven but unfortunately didn’t do himself any favours after that performance.
Sancho, Gӧtze and Guerreiro though, were outstanding for Dortmund and proved that even without the star man Reus, Dortmund can still be deadly this season.
Substitutions: Alcacer (6), Toprak (5), Wolf (N/A).
Sancho formed a deadly partnership with Gӧtze and Guerreiro and terrorised the Hoffenheim defence in the absence of Reus. He grabbed the assist for Guerreiro's goal and cracked the post in the second half.
Maximilian Philipp didn’t fit in with the system for Dortmund today and failed to make impact as the replacement for Reus.
Substitutions: Geiger (7), Belfodil (8), Nelson (6)