Borussia Dortmund were brought back down to earth with a bump today with defeat at Hoffenheim. Having opened their Bundesliga campaign with a convincing victory over Hamburg last weekend, the defending champions were unable to build on that at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, succumbing to Sejad Salihovic's early goal.
The hosts, who lost their opener at Hannover, looked dominant from the whistle and should have gone ahead with six minutes on the clock when Roberto Firmino rifled in a right-footed shot from 16 yards that beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller but rebounded back off the crossbar. However, they were in front just three minutes later thanks to a lovely goal from Salihovic, the Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder curling a left-footed free-kick home from over 30 yards.
Dortmund created their first chance five minutes later, but Shinji Kagawa failed to connect with a low cross from Mario Gotze with the goal at his mercy. That gave the visitors confidence, though, and Kevin Grosskreutz twice tested home goalkeeper Tom Starke on the half-hour mark with efforts from inside the area which had to be punched clear.
Firmino again ensured Hoffenheim were quickest out of the blocks after the interval, providing a cross into the box which Isaac Vorsah headed narrowly over from close range. Weidenfeller then did well to smother a threatening ball from Firmino after 52 minutes, with the Brazilian youngster looking to turn home a pass from Salihovic.
Dortmund again responded to the threat and were unfortunate to hit the woodwork after 63 minutes with a header from Ivan Persic. Lukasz Piszczek then fired wide from Sven Bender's cross as the visitors continued to push for an equaliser.
But Hoffenheim held firm against the pressure and almost sneaked a second goal eight minutes from time, substitute Dominik Kaiser sending his right-footed strike past the left post.