Hoffenheim achieve victory against FC Augsburg

20.000 supporters in the Donaustadion in Dillingen, witnessed 1899 Hoffenheim cruise to a comfortable 4-1 friendly-match victory against 2. Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg. Hoffenheim goals were provided by Carlos Eduardo (12. and 47.), Marvin Compper (21.) and Maicosuel (42.). Due to ten players being on duty with their national teams, 1899-coach Ralf Rangnick was forced to nominate several players from the U23 squad for this match.

Kevin Conrad and Robin Neupert made up the new central-defender duo in Ralf Rangnick's starting line-up for this match. Skipper Marvin Compper was meanwhile taking up the position in central defensive midfield. Five minutes into the game and Daniel Haas was beaten for the first and only time during this match. A corner kick set up Buck, who nodded the ball into the back of the net. Just seven minutes later, Carlos Eduardo was fouled inside the Augsburg penalty area and the referee wasted no time to award the Bundesliga side with a penalty. Carlos Eduardo converted the penalty to level the score 1-1. Hoffenheim began to pressure their opponents more and more and Marvin Compper scored the rebound after a shot by Franco Zuculini, thus making the score 2-1 in the 21st minute.

Shortly before the half-time break, Maicosuel converted a nice pass by Marvin Compper to take a two goal lead into the interval. Hoffenheim continued to be the more active team in the second half. Carlos Eduardo's free kick in the 47th minute marked the final score-line. After the 4-1, Ralf Rangnick began to substitute several players and thus the game flow was partially lost. The head coach appeared pleased with his teams performance after the game: "It was a good test for us. The boys took this game seriously and even managed to display a joy of playing. We deserved to win the game and I'm very satisfied."

Haas- Ibertsberger, Conrad (46. Nyenty), Neupert (60. Kamavuaka), Eichner -Compper Maicosuel, Ludwig (60. Groß), Zuculini (71. Kaiser), Carlos Eduardo (71.Schlottner), Jabiri (46.Herdling)


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