The Cinderella tale of 1899 Hoffenheim being the best team in the Bundesliga before the winter break has turned as they are one of the lowest ranked sides in the Rückrunde. The 1899 tale of woe continued today as they lost 1-0 to Hertha BSC.
From the start of the match 1899 were the aggressors, with the chief architect being
Sejad Salihović. After close calls before the quarter-hour, Christoph Janker added him name to those who could have given the 1899 the lead but as it proved out, once again the top attack of the Hinrude stalled to a trickle. In its only significant chance before the break Marko Pantelić sent the ball to Patrick Ebert on the right side of the box, who quickly sent the ball to the near post past Timo Hildebrand. Ralf Rangnick's charges poured forward with once again Bosnian international Salihović at the centre of the storm. However each opportunity feel shy including Boubacar Sanogo's effort that struck the crossbar just before the eightieth minute and match ended in another disappointing loss.