TSG held to a point in Stuttgart

TSG Hoffenheim failed to get the derby victory they had been hoping for on Bundesliga Matchday 26 as they were held to a 1-1 draw at VfB Stuttgart. Kramaric put the visitors ahead in the 42nd minute, scoring the goal that drew him level with Sejad Salihovic as the club's all-time record goalscorer in the Bundesliga, only for the hosts to equalise after the break.

Personnel & tactics:

Coach Julian Nagelsmann made only one change to the starting XI that beat 1. FC Nuremberg 2-1 last time out. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by an unchanged back three of Ermin Bicakcic, Kevin Vogt and Stefan Posch, while Pavel Kaderabek and Nico Schulz kept their usual places at full-back. Kerem Demirbay, who had missed the Nuremberg match through injury, returned to the starting XI in place of Nadiem Amiri and played alongside Florian Grillitsch and Joelinton at the heart of midfield. Meanwhile, Ishak Beldofil and Andrej Kramaric started as the centre-forward pairing.

The first substitution was made in the 63rd minute when Joelinton made way for Adam Szalai. A double change followed with five minutes to go as TSG brought on Reiss Nelson for Schulz down the left and Leonardo Bittencourt for Demirbay in the centre.

Moment of the match:

The 48th minute: Pavel Kaderabek's header following a corner kick rebounded of the post. With TSG having failed to extend their lead to 2-0, Stuttgart hit back with an equaliser 15 minutes later.

Number of the game: 46

The opening goal was an historic one for TSG Hoffenheim: the man who scored it, Andrej Kramaric, drew level with Sejad Salihovic as the club's all-time record goalscorer in the Bundesliga. Both players now sit joint-top in the ranking having each netted 46 goals for the Kraichgau outfit.

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