TSG lose to Wolfsburg

There were no points for TSG Hoffenheim on Bundesliga Matchday 31 as a late flurry of goals from VfL Wolfsburg condemned them to a 4-1 (1-1) defeat. Adam Szalai put the hosts ahead, but the Wolves came back to inflict a first loss on Nagelsmann's men in six games.

Personnel & tactics:

Julian Nagelsmann made two changes to the starting XI that beat FC Schalke 04 5-2 last time out. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by a back three of Ermin Bicakcic, Kevin Vogt and Kasim Adams, who stepped in at short notice to replace the injured Benjamin Hübner. Nico Schulz and Pavel Kaderabek began in their usual full-back berths. The suspended Kerem Demirbay was replaced in midfield by Andrej Kramaric, who lined up alongside Florian Grillitsch and Nadiem Amiri. The third and final new face was Adam Szalai, who formed a strike partnership with Ishak Belfodil.

The Kraichgau club made their first substitution in the 56th minute when Leonardo Bittencourt replaced Amiri in a like-for-like change. After going 2-1 down, Julian Nagelsmann went all-out attack by bringing on Reiss Nelson for Bicakcic in the 74th minute and switching to a back four.

Moment of the match:

The 15th minute: TSG had an excellent opportunity to double their advantage from the penalty spot but Andrej Kramaric hit the woodwork. Wolfsburg then grew into the game and went on to win it.

Number of the game: 6

Having recently gone six matches (W5 D1) unbeaten in the Bundesliga, TSG Hoffenheim were condemned to a 4-1 loss by VfL Wolfsburg. It was their first defeat since going down 3-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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