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Soccer PIX: Hoffenheim stun Dortmund; Roma win at Fiorentina

December 21, 2019 08:32 IST

Hoffenheim stun Dortmund 2-1 with late comeback win

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IMAGE: Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Hoffenheim struck late through Sargis Adamyan and Andrej Kramaric to complete a 2-1 comeback win over Borussia Dortmund on Friday as the Bundesliga heads into the winter break.

Fourth-placed Dortmund are level on 30 points with Bayern Munich, who host VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, and four points behind leaders RB Leipzig, who welcome Augsburg, and second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach who visit Hertha Berlin.

 

Mario Goetze made the most of a rare start by putting the visitors ahead in the 17th minute, while Hoffenheim struggled to get into the game although they hit the bar from a Robert Skov free kick with their only real chance.

But Dortmund, who hit the woodwork through Thorgan Hazard and missed several other golden chances, failed to add another goal despite being in complete control of the game and they were punished for it.

The hosts leveled when substitute Adamyan stabbed the ball home after goalkeeper Roman Buerki failed to clear in the 79th.

The Armenian, who also scored twice against Bayern Munich in a 2-1 away win in October, then turned provider, crossing for Kramaric to head the winner three minutes from time.

Dortmund, without injured Axel Witsel and captain Marco Reus, also withdrew Thorgan Hazard and Mats Hummels at halftime, the latter with a suspected fractured hand after a nasty fall.

“We had the game completely under control. We just did not use our chances,” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told reporters. “We had five, six big chances. It was easy to make the 2-0 and the 3-0. It is silly, just silly."

“We are a bit tired. Two injuries at halftime and we played too complicated. We always want to do the special thing. That costs us a lot.”

It was the second consecutive game in which Dortmund gave up the lead, after being in front twice in the 3-3 draw against Leipzig on Tuesday.

The league breaks after this weekend’s matches and resumes on Jan. 17.

Roma stay close to leaders with 4-1 win at Fiorentina

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IMAGE: AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the warm up before the match. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

AS Roma kept in touch with the leading pack in Serie A with a 4-1 victory at Fiorentina whose winless run was extended to seven league games on Friday.

Early goals from Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov plus late strikes by Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo secured the points for the visitors.

Roma, fourth with 35 points, moved within a point of third-placed Lazio, who do not play in Serie A this weekend because of their Supercup match against Juventus in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Fiorentina, taken over by American billionaire Rocco Commisso during the close season, are 14th with 17 points, only four clear of the relegation zone.

Roma, beaten 7-1 on their previous visit to the Artemio Franchi stadium in a cup match in January, went ahead with a well-worked goal after 19 minutes.

Lorenzo Pellegrini set Nicolo Zaniolo away on the right and he crossed into the area for Dzeko to net from close range.

Two minutes later, Kolarov extended Roma’s lead by scoring from his third free kick of the season, curling a left-foot shot over the well.

Milan Badelj pulled one back in the 34th but Roma’s Pellegrini restored a two-goal lead by turning in Dzeko’s pass from the edge of the area in the 73rd. Zaniolo finished off a counter-attack for the fourth with two minutes left.

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