Personnel & tactics:
Coach Julian Nagelsmann made only one change to the starting XI that beat 1. FC Nuremberg 2-1 last time out. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by an unchanged back three of Ermin Bicakcic, Kevin Vogt and Stefan Posch, while Pavel Kaderabek and Nico Schulz kept their usual places at full-back. Kerem Demirbay, who had missed the Nuremberg match through injury, returned to the starting XI in place of Nadiem Amiri and played alongside Florian Grillitsch and Joelinton at the heart of midfield. Meanwhile, Ishak Beldofil and Andrej Kramaric started as the centre-forward pairing.
The first substitution was made in the 63rd minute when Joelinton made way for Adam Szalai. A double change followed with five minutes to go as TSG brought on Reiss Nelson for Schulz down the left and Leonardo Bittencourt for Demirbay in the centre.
Moment of the match:
The 48th minute: Pavel Kaderabek's header following a corner kick rebounded of the post. With TSG having failed to extend their lead to 2-0, Stuttgart hit back with an equaliser 15 minutes later.
Number of the game: 46
The opening goal was an historic one for TSG Hoffenheim: the man who scored it, Andrej Kramaric, drew level with Sejad Salihovic as the club's all-time record goalscorer in the Bundesliga. Both players now sit joint-top in the ranking having each netted 46 goals for the Kraichgau outfit.
The first real chance of the game falls to Stuttgart’s Esswein, who finds himself in acres of space on the left and shoots inside the box. But Baumann stays on his feet and saves it with an outstretched leg.
Demirbay strikes a volley at goal with his left foot from 20 metres out. Zieler can only parry the shot into the danger zone, but Kramaric blasts the follow-up over the bar from a promising position.
Kramaric rounds Zieler and shoots from a narrow angle, but his effort is cleared off the line by Pavard.
Beck meets a cross with a volley that strikes the inside of the post. Baumann just manages to push it onto the woodwork.
1-0 to the visitors on the stroke of half-time. Belfodil dribbles into the penalty area and picks out Kramaric, who is unmarked at the back post and has an open goal at his mercy. The Croatian is now level with Sejad Salihovic as TSG’s record goalscorer in the Bundesliga.
That’s almost 2-0. Demirbay delivers an in-swinging corner into the box, where Kaderabek outjumps his marker but is denied a goal when his thumping header rebounds off the post.
Having squandered chances to extend their lead, Hoffenheim are pegged back when Zuber scores for Stuttgart. Beck wins the ball on the byline and cuts it back towards the penalty spot, where the unmarked Swiss midfielder, a loan signing from TSG, is on hand to sweep home.