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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 25,730) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Hoffenheim 2

D Abraham (34)
A Modeste (51)

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Nurnberg 2

M Frantz (54)
D Ginczek (57)

Plenty to think about for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 10/08/13 5:12pm

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Roberto Firmino escapes a challenge.

Roberto Firmino escapes a challenge.

Hoffenheim threw away a two-goal lead in a fashion reminiscent of last season as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Nurnberg.

David Abraham and Anthony Modeste put Markus Gisdol's men two up while they also had a third goal ruled out.

Two goals in three minutes from Mike Frantz and Daniel Ginczek then deprived them of victory and earned Nurnberg a point in an entertaining encounter.

After an even opening, Hoffenheim slowly started to gain the upper hand with Raphael Schafer at full stretch to turn Jannik Vestergaard's heard over the crossbar after half an hour.

Soon after, the Nurnberg goalkeeper was picking the ball out of the back of his own goal after another Hoffenheim defender, this time Abraham, scoring with an acrobatic effort from Sebastian Rudy's corner.

It was Abraham's first Bundesliga goal, although he did score in the relegation play-off in May and the first round of the DFB-Pokal last weekend, meaning he has now scored in Hoffenheim's last three competitive games.

The home team should have taken a two-goal lead into the break with them, but Kevin Volland's shot, which appeared to cross the goalline before curling back out, was not given just before the interval, leaving Hoffenheim questioning why the German Football Liga (DFL) declined the use of goalline technology which will be used in England's Community Shield tomorrow.

Those complaints were soon forgotten about as Modeste completed a counter-attack to grab a goal on his Bundesliga debut early in the second half.

Markus Feulner set up substitute Frantz to give Nurnberg hope in the 54th minute, and that hope turned to belief just three minutes later when Frantz teed up Ginczek to bring Nurnberg level with his first Bundesliga goal.

Both sides had the chance to win it, Volland hitting the outside of the post as he came closest to snatching the points.

However, it was the lack of a goal camera which effectively deprived Hoffenheim of victory in front of nearly 30,000 fans.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23