Hamburg musters 1-1 tie with Hoffenheim


By Ciaran Fahey ,AP

BERLIN — Hamburger SV drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Sunday but was left to rue missed chances as it remained in the relegation zone.

Hoffenheim forward Anthony Modeste opened the scoring on a counterattack in the 15th minute, shooting though Jaroslav Drobny’s legs after Lewis Holtby lost the ball in midfield.

The home side regrouped and Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalized with a powerful shot past Oliver Baumann in the 34th.

Roberto Firmino struck the post from distance in the 55th for Hoffenheim, the closest either side came to scoring in the second half.

Baumann denied Lasogga and then gathered the rebound from Nicolai Mueller in the 64th, minutes before Lasogga went close from a free kick.

��We’re playing together now. We’re playing as a team,�� Hamburger SV defender Heiko Westermann said in reference to the side’s improvement under new coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Promoted Paderborn came from behind to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 in the late game.

Alexander Meier scored with Frankfurt’s first shot on goal in the 57th, converting Takashi Inui’s cross in off the right post.

Marvin Ducksch equalized two minutes after coming on as a substitute with a brilliant strike over the Frankfurt goalkeeper inside the far post in the 66th.

Paderborn captain Uwe Huenemeier made it 2-1 in the 79th and Stefan Kutschke, another substitute, rounded the goalkeeper to seal the result with five minutes to play.

The win propelled Paderborn to seventh with 12 points after eight rounds of games.

��We’re incredibly proud of what the guys are delivering week after week,�� Paderborn coach Andre Breitenreiter said.