Hoffenheim active their hopes of extensive the Champions League aftermost 16 as Pavel Kaderabek denticulate an injury-time equaliser to cap a affecting improvement with 10 men and snatch a 2-2 draw at Lyon.
First-half strikes from Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele put Lyon in ascendancy at the Groupama Stadium, and Kasim Nuhu’s sending off anon afterwards the restart larboard Hoffenheim with a abundance to climb.
But Andrej Kramaric gave the Germans hope, and Kaderabek popped up at the aback column to ache in a affecting leveller in the additional minute of added time and extend Hoffenheim’s admission group-stage campaign.
“We didn’t realise that in a football match, annihilation is anytime finished,” bemoaned Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart to RMC Sport.
“These are unacceptable errors to accomplish at this level, back you’re attractive to qualify… It’s so annoying to end up with a draw back we had the bold in our hands.”
Lyon blooper three credibility abaft Group F leaders Manchester City — who thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad Amphitheater — as they bid to authorize for the aftermost 16 for the aboriginal time back the 2011-2012 season.
“We played a acceptable bout anyway, alike if we don’t leave with achievement and we are disappointed,” said Fekir.
“We charge abide with the aforementioned accompaniment of apperception we had afore these two goals. There are still two games, annihilation is done yet, and it’s up to us to apprentice from this match.”
But Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim are now alone three credibility afloat of Lyon in third, and host basal club Shakhtar at the end of the month.
“At 2-0, Lyon were abounding of aplomb and we had absent all of ours,” said 31-year-old drillmaster Nagelsmann. “But, afterwards the red card, for us it was bifold or quits.”
Lyon took the advance in camp affairs as Ferland Mendy’s angry drive adjoin the column precipitated a agitated goalmouth clutter which concluded with Fekir prodding in from aloof a brace of yards out.
It was a advanced accessible game, abundant like the 3-3 draw amid the teams in Sinsheim two weeks ago, and home goalkeeper Anthony Lopes fabricated a arresting save from Nico Schulz to abjure the visitors an equaliser.
Lyon bound went up the added end and angled their advantage as Mendy powered advanced afresh from wing-back and boxlike for the bare Ndombele to aperture home with the aid of a big deflection.
It was the 21-year-old France midfielder’s additional ambition in as abounding amateur adjoin Hoffenheim, accepting ahead alone denticulate already in his Lyon career.
Florian Grillitsch’s all-embracing bang was aloof centimetres from giving Nagelsmann’s abroad ancillary a buoy in the aperture minute of the additional half, but Kasim was accustomed his boot orders for a additional chicken agenda in the 51st minute.
Lyon absent affairs to put the bold to bed, though, with Jason Denayer seeing a ambition disqualified out for offside afore Fekir accursed beeline at Hoffenheim ‘keeper Oliver Baumann, and Kramaric set up a close final division of the bout with a low 25-yard bang into the basal corner.
Memphis Depay ashen yet addition adventitious to allowance Lyon the three credibility as his low accomplishment was palmed abroad by Baumann, and Kaderabek met Joe Linton’s free-kick in the dying abnormal to accomplish Lyon pay for their profligacy.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a professional German association football club based in Hoffenheim, a village of Sinsheim municipality, Baden-Württemberg, inside the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. A fifth division side in 2000, the club made a remarkable advance to the German football league system top tier Bundesliga in 2008 with the financial backing of alumnus and software mogul Dietmar Hopp.