Title hopeful Dortmund, suffer shock defeat
With their game in hand Joshua Beans' Borussia Dortmund side could not secure the title regardless of what result they got. But a win would have made it next to impossible for Bayern Munich to pip them to the title with the few remaining games left. It would require Dortmund losing every game and Munich winning every game remaining.
But a defeat gave Munich just a slice of hope.
In potential title clinching games such as this, the side on the verge tend to play one of two ways. They either come out and thrash their opposition in a dominant display or they are obviously rattled by the nerves of the occasion. The latter was what we witnessed today with Dortmund.
The game resembled that of a pub match on occasions, the players struggling to control the ball, shots blasted high and wide and crosses not clearing the first man.
Defensively they were equally shaky, long balls seemingly escaped everyone and struck the woodwork, The ball was hacked clear more times than one can count.
It was evident to everyone in the stadium that Dortmund were not going to win today, it was just a question of whether Hoffenheim could snatch a goal or two.
It also looked as if they weren't interested in playing football either, but with just six minutes to go Joelinton scored the one and only goal of the game to send the title race to an extra week.
The young Brazilian forward was left unmarked inside the six yard box, making his task of heading home from a corner, extremely easy. The centre forward made no mistake and as he wheeled away to celebrate the Dortmund players just looked and stared in shock.
It ended 1-0 to the home side in a very disappointing game for the potential travelling champions.