Matches with eight goals aren’t often seen in today’s soccer world. A common result even 30 years ago when big teams used to play little ones in Cup matches, there’s so much parity right now that seeing matches with that many goals is absolutely crazy. However, that’s exactly what happened in the Bundesliga today when Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen met at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
The two teams played a thrilling encounter from start to finish and despite the fact that Hoffenheim had a two-goal advantage twice, Bremen never gave up and ended up tying the match in the dying minutes of the second half.
Bosnian striker Sejad Salihovic netted two penalties in the first 20 minutes to put Hoffenheim ahead, but Bremen pushed their lines forward often and scored twice to even things up in the final minutes of the first half thanks to Aaron Hunt and Eljero Elia. Hoffenheim once again scored two quick goals in the second half after Kevin Volland and Kai Herdling found the back of the net, but Nils Petersen pulled one back to make it 4-3 with almost 30 minutes left in the game.
It seemed like Hoffenheim were going to ran away with the three points, but Philipp Bargfrede struck in stoppage time to even things up at four goals per side. It was a thrilling encounter, and the fans reacted by cheering both sides after the final whistle.
While games with three penalties and eight goals almost never happen, it’s nice to see them appearing once in a while. The offensive display was incredible by both sides, and it would have been very unfortunate if either team ended up losing.