Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hertha Berlin deny Hoffenheim chance to move joint top

Hoffenheim missed the chance to regain a share of pole position in the Bundesliga on Sunday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hertha Berlin. Sandro Wagner's sixth-minute header, from Andrej Kramaric's cross, put Hoffenheim on course for their third successive home win. However, Alexander Esswein equalised for the capital club 10 minutes into the second half. It denied Hoffenheim three points which would have seen them rejoin Hannover at the top of the table and gave Hertha, who struggled away from home last season, their first point on the road in 2017-18. Bayer Leverkusen picked up their first win of the season -- and left Freiburg still searching for theirs -- with a 4-0 win at the BayArena. The damage was done in 13 first-half minutes, as the hosts opened up a three-goal lead. Kevin Volland opened the scoring in the 21st minute, Charles Aranguiz doubled the lead seven minutes later, then Volland tapped in his second 11 minutes before half-time. Aranguiz then set up Julian Brandt for a fourth goal with three minutes remaining, as Leverkusen moved up to 12th in the table and left Freiburg in the bottom three.

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