TSG edge past RW Erfurt in the DFB-Pokal
Julian Nagelsmann handed competitive, first-team debuts to Gregor Kobel, Havard Nordtveit and Nico Schulz with his starting line-up. Kobel was between the sticks, while Nordtveit was joined in a back three by Ermic Bicakcic and Kevin Vogt. Schulz and Jeremy Toljan were out wide in the five-man midfield, with Kerem Demirbay, Eugen Polanski and Nadiem Amiri playing through the centre. Andrej Kramaric and Sandro Wagner led the line.
The first change saw Serge Gnabry also celebrate his TSG debut by replacing Demirbay in the 55th minute. Mark Uth then came on for Kramaric after 75 minutes, shortly before Amiri made way for Dennis Geiger for the final substitution.
Moment of the match:
Just before the second half is about to kick off, there’s some commotion in the away-fan block. The 750 travelling supporters have prepared something special for the opening competitive match of the campaign, as hundreds of TSG logos are held aloft and a banner reading “United for Hoffenheim” is unfurled.
Numbers of the match: 1, 0 & 2
Gregor Kobel made appearance no.1 for the TSG first team, while Nico Schulz, Havard Nordtveit and Serge Gnabry all also celebrated their debuts in Hoffenheim colours. They all helped to make sure there was a 0 on the scoresheet for their Erfurt opponents too, which was critical in TSG reaching round 2 of the DFB-Pokal.