Narrow defeat in a crazy game against Bayern
Line-up and formation:
Markus Gisdol didn’t make any changes to the side that started last week against Leverkusen. The back four of Pavel Kaderabek, Fabian Schär, Niklas Süle and Jin-Su Kim lined up in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.
Pirmin Schwegler started in defensive midfield behind the central midfield partnership of Eugen Polanski and Jonathan Schmid. Steven Zuber played in the "number 10" role behind the two Kevins: Forwards Kuranyi and Volland.
The team’s 4-4-2 diamond formation was interchanged throughout the match with a 4-3-3, where Zuber moved further forward to join Kuranyi and Volland up front.
Moment of the match:
In the final minute, Oliver Baumann surged forward into the Bayern penalty area for a Hoffenheim corner in an attempt to level up the scores. Just 150 seconds after having to come to terms with going 2-1 down, it was a symbol of the passion and willingness to fight shown by every single Hoffenheim player today.
Number of the match: 9
What other number could it possibly have been? Kevin Volland put Hoffenheim 1-0 up after just nine seconds, equalling the time for the fastest goal scored in Bundesliga history. Only Bellarabi’s goal for Leverkusen against Dortmund on matchday 1 last season has been scored as quickly.