Hoffenheim hit back for a draw

Hoffenheim got the point they deserved after Borussia

Monchengladbach claimed a 2-0 lead with goals which should not have

stood.

The visitors took the lead with a penalty on the half-hour

from Filip Daems, but the spot-kick decision was a poor one as Per

Nilsson was clearly outside the box when he handled the ball.

Gladbach’s second after 50 minutes was equally contentious as

Roberto Colautti applied the finishing touch while stood in an

offside position.

Ralf Rangnick’s Hoffenheim, who have won just one Bundesliga

game in 2010 to slip off the pace for European qualification,

fought back and snatched a point with goals from Vedad Ibisevic and

Carlos Eduardo, the latter from the penalty spot.

Hoffenheim were quickest out of the blocks at the

Rhein-Neckar Stadion as Ibisevic headed just wide in the 12th

minute from an Eduardo free-kick.

Eduardo then went close himself midway through the half as he

burst through on goal but was denied by the legs of Gladbach

goalkeeper Logan Bailly.

Then came the dubious penalty award to the visitors. There

was no question Nilsson handled the ball but he was a couple of

yards outside the box. Undeterred, Daems stroked home the penalty.

Michael Bradley should have added a second for Gladbach seven

minutes later when the ball broke to him after Isaac Vorsah

unforgivably hesitated in his own box, but the American fired his

shot over the top.

However, six minutes into the second period it was 2-0, and

again Hoffenheim had cause for complaint.

Raul Bobadilla’s diving header was goalbound and Colautti

added another touch to make sure, but he was in an offside position

as Bobadilla made contact with the ball.

Hoffenheim were gifted a route back into the game as Ibisevic

scored from close range (69) but Bradley again had the chance to

score for Gladbach with 14 minutes left, however after breaking

through one on one he could only shoot straight at Hoffenheim

goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.

The hosts levelled with a minute to go, as another penalty

was awarded for handball – correctly this time – and Eduardo made

no mistake.