Personnel & tactics:
Julian Nagelsmann made three changes to the starting XI that beat SC Freiburg 4-2 in the derby last time out. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by a back three in which Stefan Posch replaced the stricken Benjamin Hübner and lined up alongside Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch, who repeatedly dropped back and slotted in between the two centre-backs. Joshua Brenet replaced Pavel Kaderabek on the right flank, while Nico Schulz retained his left-back berth.
Nadiem Amiri made his comeback in the starting XI in midfield, where he played alongside Kerem Demirbay and Dennis Geiger, while Joelinton and Andrej Kramaric formed the strike partnership.
Nagelsmann opted to make his first personnel change on the hour-mark, with Reiss Nelson replacing Amiri. That was followed by an attack-minded substitution on the 71-minute mark as Brenet made way for Szalai and Nelson moved over to the right. Having picked up an injury, Joelinton was forced off only three minutes later and Ishak Belfodil replaced the Brazilian.
Moment of the match:
The opening goal in the 16th minute: Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric slotted home from the spot to score his ninth goal of the season and fire Hoffenheim into the lead.
Number of the game: 42
The opening goal was Andrej Kramaric's 42nd Bundesliga goal, putting him in third place in the list of TSG's all-time record goalscorers. Only Vedad Ibisevic (43) and Sejad Salihovic (46) have found the net more often than the 27-year-old.
A misplaced pass from Geiger presents Rouwen Hennings with a major chance to open the scoring, but Posch forces the striker out wide and Baumann makes a strong save with an outstretched leg.
Nico Schulz plays a perfect pass into the path of Dennis Geiger, who nudges the ball past Bodzek and is then held back by his opponent. The referee points to the penalty spot and Kramaric coolly converts the kick with a shot into the bottom right corner.
Brenet latches onto a Schulz cross in an unmarked position at the back post but his header is tipped over the crossbar by Rensing.
Hennings beats Posch to a cross from the right flank and directs his header inside the near post from eight metres out to level the score.
Ayhan heads against the crossbar following a free-kick from the left flank. Now that was close!
Vogt fails to clear the ball following a cross, gifting Hennings an opportunity. But fortunately for TSG, the striker heads the ball over the bar.