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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Dennis Srbeny (9')
  • Robert Skov (4')

Plucky Paderborn hold Hoffenheim to 1-1 draw

Dennis Srbeny's equaliser helped plucky Paderborn grab a 1-1 draw in their Bundesliga clash with Hoffenheim on Saturday, their second draw in two games since league play resumed after the coronavirus outbreak.

Bottom side Paderborn, who secured a scoreless draw away to Fortuna Dusseldorf last week, got off to the worst possible start when Robert Skov netted for the visitors after four minutes.

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Yet a dreadful blunder by Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic five minutes later gifted the ball to Srbeny, and the striker curled home for the equaliser.

The goal was his fifth in 10 Bundesliga outings since he joined Paderborn from Norwich City in January, with four of them coming in his last six games.

Skov, who scored his first Bundesliga goal for Hoffenheim against Paderborn in November, almost had another in the 20th minute as he deftly lifted a ball over the onrushing keeper, but it was cleared off the line by Jamilu Collins.

Paderborn almost went in at the break a goal up when Sebastian Vasiliadis pressured Sebastian Rudy and almost forced him to deflect a Gerrit Holtmann cross into his own net.

With Christoph Baumgartner superb in midfield for Hoffenheim, Paderborn's energetic attacking was all too often undone by loose passing around the centre of the pitch, leading to chances on the break for the visitors.

Yet despite there being plenty of chances in an open, free-flowing game, neither side could manage another goal, and Paderborn, who are without a win in their last eight league games remain bottom of the table on 18 points, while Hoffenheim are ninth on 36.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 27 +52 61
2 Borussia Dortmund 27 +41 57
3 RB Leipzig 27 +41 54
4 Bayer Leverkusen 27 +20 53
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 27 +19 52
6 VfL Wolfsburg 27 +3 39
7 SC Freiburg 27 -2 37
8 Schalke 04 27 -10 37
9 TSG Hoffenheim 27 -11 36
10 FC Cologne 27 -6 34
11 Hertha Berlin 27 -9 34
12 FC Augsburg 27 -14 30
13 FC Union Berlin 27 -15 30
14 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 -8 28
15 Mainz 27 -24 27
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 27 -23 24
17 Werder Bremen 26 -30 21
18 SC Paderborn 07 27 -24 18