Demirbay rescues a point for Hoffenheim

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Kerem Demirbay netted a dramatic late equaliser to hand Hoffenheim a share of the spoils in their 1-1 draw with Cologne on Friday night.

The hosts looked to have dented Hoffenheim’s Champions League hopes at the Rhein Energie Stadion.

Leonardo Bittencourt scored what looked to be the only goal of the game on 58 minutes, but Demirbay found the back of the net in injury time to secure the draw.

The result sees Hoffenheim remain in third place on the standings, two points clear of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund but still clear of Hertha BSC in fifth.

The hosts moved from seventh to six with this draw, above Freiburg, on 41 points.

Andrej Kramaric fired over Timo Horn’s crossbar in the opening moments as Hoffenheim started well.

Adam Szalai then should have slotted home after being set up by Kramaric on 10 minutes while Steve Zuber shot straight at Horn on 37 minutes.

Dominique Heintz came close to a goal for Cologne with a header at the back post from a corner but he failed to beat goalkeeper Oliver Baumann while Yuya Osako volley wide as Cologne ended the half strongly.

Lukas Klunter fouled Kramaric in the box and was lucky not to have conceded a penalty on 56 minutes before Bittencourt broke the deadlock two minutes later.

The goalscorer tapped home from close range after Jonas Hector had directed a ball across goal, with Klunter having knocked on a long ball forward.

Baumann punched away an Osako effort on 77 minutes with Lehmann firing the rebound wide as Cologne looked to end this match on top.

But amazingly, Demirbay popped up late on to rescue a point for Hoffenheim with a well-take goal as he slotted home after picking up a Niklas Sule pass.