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December 21, 2010
• Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 23500
G. Sigurðsson 35'
D. Ba 63'
All over!!! Hoffenheim have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal with a convincing 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach thanks to goals from Sigurdsson and Demba Ba. Thanks for joining me this evening - it's been a pleasure. Join us tomorrow for the tie of the round - Stuttgart and Bayern. Until then, don't let the cold weather bite too hard and take care! From me, Gary Niblock, Auf Wiedersehen.
90' + 1'
Luiz Gustavo makes way for Matthias Jaissle as Ralf Rangnick uses up a few more precious seconds.
There will be two minutes of stoppage time in Sinsheim.
De Camargo has run himself into the ground and he is almost out on his feet.
Hoffenheim make a change of their own as Gylfi Sigurdsson receives rapturous applause for his goal and he makes way for Denis Thomalla.
Marco Reus is relieved of his duties for the last few minutes and he is replaced by Fabian Baecker.
Almost the chance to make it 3-0 for Rudy by Callsen-Bracker makes a magnificent last-ditch block to deny the former Stuttgart man.
The signs are in the last couple of minutes that Gladbach have run out of steam and are accepting their fate.
Vukcevic finds himself well forward down the right but his attempted cross into the box is cut out. Hoffenheim are edging ever closer to the last eight.
Salihovics breaks down the right-hand side and comes back inside to the centre of the penalty box. Mlapa is there and he looks to strike the ball into the near corner but he doesn't place it as well as he would have liked and Heimeroth smothers the ball.
Yellow CardIsaac Vorsah
Vorsah is perhaps belatedly booked and he left Felix Brych no other option with a crunching challenge on Karim Matmour. Bradley with the free-kick and De Camargo's battle with Haas resumes with the Belgian fouling the goalie inside the six-yard box.
Fair play to Gladbach - they just will not throw in the towel and they're throwing more punches than Audley Harrison but to no avail thus far.
Peniel Kokou Mlapa
The promising young German-Togolese striker Peniel Mlapa enters the fray in place of the scorer of the second goal, Demba Ba.
Bradley as ever steps up to take the free-kick. The ball ricochets off the back of Daems' head but Vorsah clears just in front of the six-yard box and Gustavo helps the ball further away.
Beck though is having trouble with Reus and he is too late once more with a challenge though it's in the midfield on this occasion. Free-kick to the visitors.
Hoffenheim's defence has functioned pretty well this evening with both Gladbach strikers being well marshalled and forcing misdirected passes.
Gladbach are lacking that cutting edge in attack with the final ball often letting them down.
Bradley plays the ball high into the six-yard box towards De Camargo but the Belgian is denied at the last moment by the fist of Haas.
Reus is fouled by Beck as he looks to take the right-back on, giving Gladbach a free-kick on the left-hand side just outside the penalty box.
Time is runing out for the visitors to haul themselves back into this tie and they need a goal sharpish in order to apply real pressure on this enterprising and hard-working Hoffenheim outfit.
Neither the ensuing corner nor the subsequent cross from Beck bring any further danger for the Gladbach defence.
Vukcevic comes inside off the right-hand side and does not look for Beck's overlapping run on the outside. Neustaedter is there to stop Vukcevic and the ball goes behind for a corner.
Gladbach are doing their best to interrupt Hoffenheim's patterns of play in the build-up as Wissing gets in Vukcevic's face from Haas' goal-kick.
Nice idea from Rudy as he tries to thread the ball through to Beck down Hoffe's right wing but he plays it a fraction too early and it runs behind before the right-back can catch up.
Matmour plays in De Camargo over on the right-hand side. He wants to find Herrmann but Vorsah is stubborn and he makes his presence felt before De Camargo fouls the goalscorer in his frustration.
For the umpteenth time, Hoffenheim swarm all around the Gladbach players in the build-up and win the ball back. This time though their counter is stopped by determined Gladbach defending.
Juan Arango makes way for Karim Matmour as Frontzeck looks to add some firepower to the forward line.
Neustaedter cedes the ball in the midfield and Hoffe pounce on the opportunity to break with pace. Salihovic runs into the space before firing off his shot, which flashes wide of Heimeroth's post.
Yellow CardSebastian Rudy
Salihovic is there again with the corner but on this occasion Heimeroth is able to collect. Rudy is then booked as he stops Reus in his tracks as Gladbach look to counter.
It's hard to see Gladbach coming back now though it was even at 1-0 such was the foothold Hoffenheim had on the game since the first minute. Daems hauls Ba to the ground over on the right-hand side outside the box but the ref gives a corner, not a free-kick as the ball trickles behind.
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR HOFFENHEIM! It was but a temporary reprieve that Daems provided!! Salihovic whips the corner into the centre of the box and Demba Ba, unmarked, sticks out a leg and pokes the ball home from three yards out.
Hoffe's pressing in Gladbach's defensive third pays dividends again as Vukcevic and Sigurdsson swoop to win the ball back but Daems clears behind for a corner.
Brilliant run from Reus who left Beck for dead down the left flank but his cutback was smartly cleared behind by Vorsah. Arango's corner is helped on by Neustaedter but then cleared away by Compper.
De Camargo looks to win the corner off Vorsah but he does not succeed and Hoffe have a goal kick.
Yellow CardGylfi Sigurdsson
The way opens up for Rudy in the centre of the pitch but he screws his shot well wide of the goal from 25 yards out.
Sigurdsson receives a booking for dissent as Ba is penalised for a foul on Daems.
Beck comes down teh right and is up against two defenders. He is patient and finds Vukcevic whose cutback to the far post is mishit wide by Sigurdsson. The ball bounced a little more than he expected and his weight was on the back foot, resulting in the ball ballooning wide of the goal with little venom.
Reus has picked himself up and he's jogging along the side of the pitch, ready to re-enter the fray.
Haas comes storming out of his goal to meet Marco Reus and he sends the Gladbach attacker flying as he smothers the ball on the edge of the box. Never any question of a foul but Reus is receiving urgent treatment from the medical staff.
De Camargo feels he should have a penalty after a coming together with Vorsah in the air but Brych rightly waves play-on. A minute later, Salihovic has the ball in the back of the net but it is ruled out as Ba stood offside.
Gladbach finally win their first corner of the evening. Callsen-Bracker flicks the ball on to Bradley but his volley from 12 yards out is comfortably saved by Haas.
Luis Gustavo's backpass towards Haas is underhit and De Camargo senses an opportunity but the Hoffe 'keeper reacts quickly enough and clears the ball in the nick of time.
Good combination down the right-hand side from Herrmann and Arango. The ball makes its way to Reus but Compper is in the right position to pick up the pieces and nip the attack in the bud.
Salihovic plays a diagonal ball to the right-hand side of the box where Vukcevic is positioned. Vukcevic shoots on goal but Heimeroth pulls off a good save with his right hand. He then gets the rub of the green as Ba is unable to take advantage of the rebound.
Hoffenheim have brought on Patrick Herrmann, the promising right-sided midfielder/winger for Thorben Marx and are switching to a 4-4-2 formation in the second-half.
We're underway in the second-half!
Dr Felix Brych blows for half-time and it's been an excellent opening 45 minutes for Hoffenheim, who have dominated. Gladbach have a lot of work on if they're to stay in the Pokal after Christmas. For the record, it's 0-0 in the other tie between Augsburg and Schalke. Join me in around 15 minutes for the second period.
Salihovic whips in the corner from the left but despite four attempts from various Hoffe players, the ball cannot find its way into the net as Gladbach just about hold on by the skin of their teeth. Hoffe have had 10 shots on goal to Gladbach's one.
Salihovic decides it's too long since he struck a dead-ball and that's why! Just wide of the goal from 25 yards out as he imparted a little too much swerve to the ball.
A delightful flick from Rudy leaves Neustaedter trailing in his wake but the holding player gets revenge for his slight humiliation by taking Rudy's legs from underneath him and conceding a free-kick.
Vukcevic decides to try his luck from distance but he cannot keep his effort under the crossbar. Hoffe are buzzing with confidence this evening and why not? They've played well so far and a Gladbach side whose confidence is fragile are there for the taking.
Hoffenheim have another free-kick though this time it is 30 yards from goal after Callsen-Bracker's arm was across Ba as they contested a header. Sigurdsson, full of confidence, goes for goal but Heimeroth sees it wide.
Sigurdsson, looking for his second, takes the ball down superbly inside the penalty area on his left peg but as he looks for the shot, Levels makes an excellent recovery with a well-timed sliding block.
Rudy does well to keep track of Marx's run down the left before Beck then finishes the job by sweeping up and putting the ball out of play for a throw.
Sigurdsson shows just why Goal.com featured him in their top 10 Bundesliga transfers. Hoffenheim have another entrant in the list - Sebastian Rudy, whom Stuttgart could really do well given their current travails!
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR HOFFENHEIM!!! The angle suited the right foot of Sigurdsson better and he finds the back of the net with a brilliant free-kick curled over the wall and past a leaden-footed Heimeroth. A fully deserved lead for the former Reading man!
Hoffe have a free-kick just outside the penalty area after a foul on Demba Ba from Callsen-Bracker. Both Salihovic and Sigurdsson are lining this up.
A little unlucky there for De Camargo as he did well to keep the ball under control with his chest before he turns and finds that Reus has made his run a little sooner than anticipated.
Beck skins Arango down the right-flank before coming inside. Just as he goes to pull the trigger, Neustaedter throws himself in the way and makes an important block.
Promising attack from Gladbach as Arango lets Bradley's ball over the top come over his shoulder and drop onto his left foot as he plays a first-time cross into the box towards De Camargo but in similar fashion to Ba, the striker cannot make any contact despite his best efforts.
Rudy tries to pull off an encore but this time he is thwarted. A few seconds later, Hoffe think they've broken through but the linesman's flag is up after a foul from Sigurdsson.
OHHHHHHHHHHH SO SO CLOSE! Shades of Gascoigne in Euro 96! Rudy waltzed his way through the Gladbach defence, slid the ball past Heimeroth and across goal. Ba stretches desperately for the ball but his Colin Jacksonesque lunge was not enough to poke the ball into the net from point-blank range!
I'm happy to report that Jens Wissing is back with us on the field. Marx looks for the direct ball forward to De Camargo who peels off into the right-hand channel but he only succeeds in bundling over Ibertsberger who to be fair was very cunning there, inviting the former Genk and Standard man onto him before drawing the inevitable foul.
Wissing is being attended to by the medical staff as Michael Frontzeck tells the fourth official exactly what he thinks of Vorsah's challenge. Despite the protests, there is no yellow from Dr. Felix Brych and Bradley's free-kick is overhit and comes to nothing.
Vorsah was in no mood to taker prisoners on that occasion. He waits for the ball to bounce over his head before contesting the aerial challenge. No such hesitation from Vorsah who slams into the Gladbach man and knocks him to the ground with considerable force!
Vukcevic ghosts past two players and slides in Ba but he runs into traffic. Gladbach look to counter via Wissing and De Camargo but the Belgian cannot quite keep the ball in play on the left touchline.
Luis Gustavo is penalised for a foul on Levels. Is the Brazilian schemer playing his final game for Hoffenheim before a move to Bayern Munich as Van Bommel's replacement?
Sighs of disappointment in the crowd as Wissing stops the progress of Ba who was looking to set his side on their way down the right with a counter-attack.
Callsen-Bracker switches the play from one side of the field to the other and he searches out Arango on the left but the Spaniard lets the ball run loose and the move breaks down.
Marx plays an excellent one-two with De Camargo and finds himself free in the penalty box but he shoots wide! Gladbach show yet again they can prise open any defence for all their very own weaknesses at the back!
Gladbach give Hoffe a taste of their own medicine as Arango pounces on a loose pass from Andreas Beck. Bradley then plays an aerial ball to De Camargo but Haas anticipated the situation well and he comes out to punch the ball clear with authority.
Despite Hoffenheim's early domination of the game, which has seen them having 61.7% possession, they have yet to create a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity.
Marx robs Sigurdsson of the ball but he plays the ball too strongly upfield for Arango and Compper tracks back to recover possession for Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim are piling on the pressure and are not giving Gladbach a minute's peace, not letting Gladbach have any time to build the play from the back. Heimeroth is then forced to boot the ball upfield to counter Hoffe's excellent pressing.
Salihovics finds Sigurdsson who plays an excellent and incisive through-ball first-time to Demba Ba but the Hoffe striker finds his shot blocked by Levels.
Vukcevic escapes the clutches of two men and does well to persist down the right but Wissing sticks to his guns and robs the right-winger just as he gets to the by-line.
Hoffenheim, as the home side are on the front foot in the opening few minutes. Gladbach are looking to hit them on the counter.
Rudy doesn't spot Reus who works the ball to Arango on the left but he is snuffed out by Beck, who also wins the throw.
Hoffe win a corner thanks to good work from Salihovic and Sigurdsson. However, the ball in from the Icelandic midfielder is overhit and passes over the plethora of players in the box and harmlessly out of play.
Vukcevic looks to come forward but he is shut down by a combination of Neustaedter and Bradley. Hoffe have settled the better of the two sides so far.
An early scare for Gladbach after Daems miscontrolled the ball, with Vukcevic in the vicinity but he recovers and gets the ball back to Heimeroth in goal.
Our referee, Dr Felix Brych, gets the game underway. Gladbach in their usual white strips kick us off. Hoffe are in all blue.
Borussia Moenchengladbach: Heimeroth - Levels, Callsen-Bracker, Daems, Wissing - Neustaedter, Marx, Bradley - Reus, De Camargo, Arango
Hoffenheim: Haas - Beck, Vorsah, Compper, Ibertsberger - Rudy, Gustavo - Vukcevic, Gylfi, Salihovic, Ba
Two of the games may not have beaten the weather but this all-Bundesliga last-16 clash in the DFB-Pokal most certainly has! Welcome to Goal.com's commentary of Hoffenheim and Gladbach. How the visitors could do with a pick-me-up after a miserable half-season, which sees them rock bottom in the league.
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