Personnel and tactics
TSG coach Marco Wildersinn made five changes to the side that suffered a 2-1 defeat at TSV Steinbach on the opening day. Andreas Ludwig was named in the starting XI for the first time since his return to the club last month, replacing the suspended Robin Szarka and wearing the captain's armband in his stead.
Tim Hüttl, Tim Wöhrle, Emilian Lässig and Johannes Bender were the other four new faces to start against Waldhof. TSG started in a 4-3-3 system, with Ludwig the organiser in the middle of the park. New signing Chinedu Ekene sat on the bench for the first time.
SV Waldhof, who were beaten 1-0 by SSV Ulm on the opening day of the season, travelled to Kraichgau with a small squad and only had three outfield players plus goalkeeper Christopher Gäng on the bench. Kevin Conrad, who played for the TSG U23s between 2008 and 2013, wore the captain's armband for the visitors. Waldhof new boy Maurice Hirsch, another former Hoffenheim player, suffered an injury in the 4-0 Cup victory over Spvgg Neckarelz and watched this one from the stands.
Moment of the match
Mannheim's opening goal. Only rarely were Waldhof presented with clear-cut opportunities, but they took full advantage in the 47th minute with a goal that set them on the path to victory.
The game in numbers
4 - Four Hoffenheim players − Rui Monteiro-Mendes, Chinedu Ekene, Emilian Lässig and Tim Wöhrle − all made their Regionalliga debuts.
The key facts and figures
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 1-2 (0-0) SV Waldhof Mannheim
Hoffenheim: Drljača - Rettig (Monteiro-Mendes, 71), Hüttl, Strompf, Wöhrle (Foshag, 55) - Bender, Lässig, Ludwig (Ekene, 78) - Alberico, Gösweiner, Wähling.
Mannheim: Scholz - Just, Schultz, Conrad, Çelik - Schuster - Diring, Sommer (Weik, 88) - Kern - Deville (Nag, 84), Sulejmani (Flick, 90).
Goals: 0-1 Diring (47), 0-2 Sommer (60), 1-2 Monteiro-Mendes (78). Attendance: 960. Referee: Tobias Fritsch (1. FC Bruchsal). Yellow cards: Ludwig, Rettig, Alberico / Kern, Sulejmani, Schultz.