Kramaric bags brace as TSG beat Darmstadt

TSG celebrated a 2-0 win over Darmstadt 98 on Saturday, their first victory against the Lillies. The bottom-placed side made it difficult for Julian Nagelsmann’s mean, giving away little space to attack. The breakthrough came in the 64th minute through Andrej Kramaric, before he added a second from the penalty spot in injury time.

Tactics and line-up

Sandro Wanger was missing against Mainz and Wolfsburg. “Simply because of how he is, he would have done us good last Sunday,” said Julian Nagelsmann. “Perhaps we wouldn’t have been so sleepy with him on the pitch.” So it’s no surprise that the number 14 was straight back into the starting XI following his suspension. Andrej Kramaric, meanwhile, started on the bench.

Marco Terrazzino stepped in for the injured Mark Uth to make his first Bundesliga start of the season. Also returning to the starting XI was Ermin Bicakcic, who replaced the suspended Benjamin Hübner alongside Kevin Vogt and Niklas Süle in a back three in front of Oliver Baumann. The rest of the starting line-up was made up of Sebastian Rudy, Kerem Demirbay and Nadiem Amiri in midfield, and Pavel Kaderabek and Steven Zuber on the wings.

As well as Hübner and Uth, Nagelsmann was forced to make do without Schär and Rupp. Jeremey Toljan had suffered a small setback during training in the week, while Philipp Ochs returned to fitness in time for the match. One surprise in the squad was Nagelsmann’s selection of Stefan Posch from the U23s, who joined up with the first team for the first time.

Kramaric came on for Kerem Demirbay in the 49th minute, before Terrazzino was replaced by Adam Szalai in the 65th. The final change came with fifteen minutes left on the clock, as captain Eugen Polanski came on for Nadiem Amiri. 

Moment of the match: 

TSG have always struggled against SV Darmstadt in the past. Not one victory against them – until today. A big reason for that was Marco Terrazzino’s silky no-look pass in the 64th minute to set up Andrej Kramaric’s opening goal.

Number of the match: 11

Todav's victory ensured Hoffenheim’s unbeaten run at home extended to eleven matches. Long may it continue!

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