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Hoffenheim and Mainz draw in Bundesliga

Xinhua
30 Nov 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

BERLIN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Ihlas Bebou's second-half equalizer helped Hoffenheim steal a point from Mainz following a 1-1 stalemate at the closer of the Bundesliga's ninth round of matches on Sunday.

Mainz assumed control from the kick-off and pressed Hoffenheim onto the back foot as Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jean-Paul Boetius tested goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the opening stages.

Hoffenheim needed 20 minutes to create its first chance after Stefan Posch's free-kick forced Mainz custodian Robin Zentner into action.

It was Mainz who opened the scoring with its next opportunity as Boetius' assist allowed Robin Quaison to break the deadlock from very close range at the half-hour mark.

Hoffenheim turned up before the break but was unable to respond as Zentner defused Bebou's header while Alexander Hack blocked Christoph Baumgartner's low shot on target.

After the interval, Hoffenheim took the reins but Mainz's well-positioned defence gave the visitors a tough time, meaning goalscoring opportunities were at premium.

Things changes with 62 minutes played when Ryan Sessegnon and Andrej Kramaric's good build-work helped Bebou level the scores from close range with the outside of his boot.

The hosts responded well and had a golden chance to kill the game but Mateta, who had time and space inside the box, could only rattle the far post in the 75th minute.

Five minutes later, Hoffenheim had to continue with ten men as Dennis Geiger received his marching orders for a foul on Karim Onisiwo.

Mainz tried to take advantage of its superior numbers but Hoffenheim stood firm and protected the draw to take one point back home.

With the result, Hoffenheim remain in 12th spot, whereas Mainz slip to 16th position in the standings.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen missed the chance to climb to second place after sharing the spoils with Hertha Berlin following a goalless draw. The "Werkself" stay third, while Hertha remain in 13th position.

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