Bitter defeat to Bremen

TSG Hoffenheim tried to find a way back into the match but it was to no avail as Werder Bremen held on to secure a 1-0 (1-0) win on Saturday afternoon. The hosts had several good chances to equalise after Johannes Eggestein's 39th-minute opener but could not make them count.

Personnel & tactics:

Julian Nagelsmann made two changes to the starting XI that drew 2-2 with Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by a back three of Kevin Vogt, Florian Grillitsch and Ermin Bicakcic. Pavel Kaderabek and Joshua Brenet, who replaced the injured Nico Schulz (knee problems), started on the flanks. The returning Nadiem Amiri played alongside Andrej Kramaric and Kerem Demirbay in midfield, while Ishak Belfodil and Adam Szalai were given the nod in attack.

Amiri was unable to continue after sustaining an injury towards the end of the first half and was carried off. He was replaced by Christoph Baumgartner, who was handed his professional debut for TSG (46). Joelinton made his comeback shortly after the restart, with Szalai making way (57). The third and final change was an attack-minded one, with Demirbay withdrawn and Reiss Nelson introduced (74).

Moment of the match:

The opening goal. Moments after Hoffenheim had been denied an opener when Kramaric hit the post, the hosts were dispossessed on the edge of their own penalty area and Johannes Eggestein headed home the opener. That minute of play was Hoffenheim's season in microcosm.

Number of the game: 1

Christoph Baumgartner was handed his Bundesliga debut in the blue of TSG Hoffenheim when he was introduced at the start of the second half.

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