Late Hoffenheim comeback condemns Dortmund to defeat
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Berlin (AFP) –
Sergis Adamyan and Andrej Kramaric scored late goals as Hoffenheim fought back for a 2-1 win to stop Borussia Dortmund from moving within a point of Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig on Friday.
Adamyan and Kramaric responded following the break after Mario Goetze, who was making his first start in over a month, opened the scoring in the first half.
Dortmund remain in fourth, four points behind Leipzig and second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Hoffenheim jump to sixth with the German top flight heading into a month-long winter break after this weekend.
With club captain Marco Reus ruled out until January with a muscular problem Dortmund coach Lucien Favre named Goetze in attack.
The hosts made four changes from the midweek victory at Union Berlin, a first win in five games, as Norway's Havard Nordtveit made his first start for the club in more than a year at centre-back.
Dortmund led after 16 minutes of play as Achraf Hakimi found acres of space down the right wing.
The Morocco wing-back, on loan from Real Madrid, pulled back a low cross into the box and Goetze tapped home from short range despite Sebastian Rudy's goal-line efforts.
With six minutes left of the half Thorgan Hazard was denied a chance to double Dortmund's lead following a superb Oliver Baumann save.
Despite Dortmund dominating the game and having 10 shots on goal, Hoffenheim were level with 11 minutes to play.
Manuel Akanji made a messy attempt at a clearance and Armenia winger Adamyan equalised.
The unexpected comeback was complete when Kramaric beat Roman Buerki with a spinning header four minutes from time.
On Saturday, Leipzig host Augsburg and third-placed Bayern welcome Wolfsburg, before Gladbach head to a rejuvenated Hertha Berlin.
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