Fri, 22 Oct 2021

BERLIN, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hoffenheim came from behind and reaped its first win of the season after inflicting the "Wolves" a 3-1 defeat in the sixth round of Bundesliga on Saturday.

Both sides needed some time to get a foothold into the game hence goalscoring opportunities were at premium in the opening stages.

Just when Hoffenheim was about to grow into the game, Wolfsburg broke the deadlock against the run of the flow as Riddle Baku had all time and space to curl the ball from 22 meters into the top right corner in the 25th minute.

Hoffenheim responded with furious attacks but had to wait until the closing period of the first half before Andrej Kramaric nodded home David Raum's corner kick.

The game eventually sparked to life in the 74th minute when Pavel Kaderabek's cutback pass found Christoph Baumgartner, who tapped home from close range to give the Hoffenheim the 2-1 lead.

The "Wolves" were shocked and unable to put up resistance whereas Hoffenheim added another goal to its lead in the 81st minute after Raum's free kick into the area allowed Kaderabek to get his name on the scoreboards as well.

Harmless Wolfsburg couldn't answer and swallowed two goals for the first time this season.

With the result, Wolfsburg lost its second spot and slipped to the third meanwhile Hoffenheim climb on the ninth position of the standings.

"We knew how important this game is and we really wanted to keep the three points here. The 3-1 was crucial for us. I am really happy that I was able to help the team," Hoffenheim midfielder Baumgartner said.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen took over the second place after the sole goal from youngster Florian Wirtz was enough to edge Mainz.

Relentless Leipzig showed no mercy and crushed Hertha Berlin 6-0 by courtesy of Christopher Nkunku, who provided two assists and scored twice.

Eintracht Frankfurt shared the spoils with Cologne 1-1 while Union Berlin snatched a last-minute win over Arminia Bielefeld thanks to Kevin Behrens' effort.

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