It had started off as a difficult afternoon for Markus Babbel's team. Under sustained pressure for long periods in the first half, they went a goal down thanks to German international Marco Reus' 15th league goal of the season, which arrived seven minutes before the interval. Juan Arango also hit the crossbar for the hosts, as Hoffenheim rode their luck. But at 1-0 down, Hoffenheim were always in the game and in the second half, there was the sense that something had to give.
The manager introduced Roberto Firmino for Daniel Williams, and it was a substitution which paid huge dividends. Taking down a high ball, the diminutive Brazilian held off one defender and sidestepped another, before finding the back of the net via a deflection off Raul Brouwers. And precisely 142 seconds later, Boris Vukcevic completed an amazing turnaround when he headed in Sejad Salihovic's corner from close range. It was a special moment for the German U21 international, who has suffered terrible luck with injuries, but now seems to have been reincarnated under Babbel. Tom Starke kept out Filip Daems' volley from thirty yards in the dying minutes, and 1899 held on for a famous win, condemning Gladbach to their first home defeat in 13 months.
Interestingly enough, Hoffenheim teams have performed similar feats on a few occasions in recent seasons. There were 180 seconds between Ryan Babel and Firmino scoring in the 3-1 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg in the current campaign, while Bosnian duo Salihovic and ex-Hoffenheimer Vedad Ibisevic were just under two minutes apart when they both scored away at Werder Bremen in a league game in 2010. Indeed, Ibisevic, now at VfB Stuttgart, holds the club record for the quickest brace of goals. He needed only 63 seconds to register a double against Eintracht Frankfurt last season. The player with the quickest double in Bundesliga history is Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida, who notched twice within 44 seconds in Werder Bremen's 4-1 win over Stuttgart in 2007.