Stalemate in Darmstadt

TSG picked up their first point of the season away against promoted side SV Darmstadt 98. Despite having the better chances, Hoffenheim were unable to make any of them count and it ended 0-0 after 90 minutes at the Böllenfalltor.

Line-up and tactics:

There was just one change to the team that started the home match against Bayern, with Mark Uth coming into the starting XI and Jonathan Schmid dropping to the bench. Uth joined Kevin Kuranyi in attack in a 4-4-2 formation, with the four-man midfield made up of the attack-minded Kevin Volland and Steven Zuber and the more defensive Pirmin Schwegler and Eugen Polanski. Pavel Kaderabek, Fabian Schär, Niklas Süle and Jin-Su Kim made up the back four in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Both wingers served to flick long balls on to the strikers with the aim of making the extra man up front count. The TSG players regularly changed positions in order to try and break down the Darmstadt wall.

The second-half introduction of Jonathan Schmid, Sebastian Rudy and new arrival Eduardo Vargas allowed TSG to develop a good tempo towards the final 20 minutes of the match, but Gisdol's team were unable to convert that momentum into a goal.

Moment of the match:

In the 76th minute, new signing and joint-top scorer at the Copa America Eduardo Vargas was brought on for his debut in the Bundesliga.

Number of the match: 16

Hoffenheim managed 16 shots, many of which represented very good chances, especially towards the end. However, the ball just didn't seem to want to go in today.

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