TSG reach last 16

TSG Hoffenheim have booked their place in the DFB Cup last 16 after recording a comfortable 2-0 victory over third-tier MSV Duisburg on Tuesday evening. Florian Grillitsch and Sargis Adamyan scored early in the second half to ensure the visitors would reach the next round.

Personnel & tactics:

Head coach Alfred Schreuder made eight changes to the starting XI that won 3-2 in Berlin. Philipp Pentke made his competitive debut for TSG Hoffenheim between the sticks, with the goalkeeper protected by a back four of Joshua Brenet, Ermin Bičakčić, Stefan Posch and Pavel Kadeřábek. Only Kadeřábek had started in the capital.

Dennis Geiger and Christoph Baumgartner were drafted into midfield alongside Sebastian Rudy, who was wearing the captain's armband, while Sargis Adamyan and Ihlas Bebou returned to the starting XI and played in the wide positions either side of centre-forward Jürgen Locadia.

Injury forced TSG into making a substitution at the break: Rudy was experiencing back problems and made way for Florian Grillitsch. Alfred Schreuder made his second change with the score at 2-0, withdrawing Locadia for Lukas Rupp after 62 minutes. The third substitution came as Robert Skov replaced Geiger in the 86th minute.

Moment of the match:

The opening goal: TSG's Florian Grillitsch broke the deadlock on the 53-minute mark with a long-range effort that put the Kraichgau club on course to reach the next round.

Number of the game: 5

TSG Hoffenheim claimed a 2-0 victory to qualify for the DFB Cup Round of 16. It was exactly five years to the day since they had last reached that stage of the competition, having beaten FSV Frankfurt 5-1 on 29 October 2014.


MSV Duisburg: Weinkauf – Bitter, Gembalies, Boeder, Sicker – Jansen (Karweina, 85), Albutat – Stoppelkamp (Sliskovic, 85), Daschner, Mickels – Vermeij (Scepanik, 70)

TSG Hoffenheim: Pentke – Kadeřábek, Posch, Bičakčić, Brenet – Rudy (Grillitsch, 46), Geiger (Skov, 86), Baumgartner – Bebou, Locadia (Rupp, 62), Adamyan

Goals: 0-1 Grillitsch (53), 0-2 Adamyan (59)

Match highlights

4. Min.

Duisburg almost take the lead when TSG fail to clear the ball properly and Stoppelkamp suddenly finds himself clean through on Pentke, but fortunately the keeper makes the save. That was close.

15. Min.

Baumgartner crosses a free-kick into the centre from the left. Bebou flicks the ball on and it takes a touch off a Duisburg player, forcing Weinkauf into a save.

20. Min.

Kadeřábek crosses from the right towards Bebou, who wins the aerial battle. His header loops towards the top corner but ends up hitting the crossbar.

53. Min.

TSG counter at speed following a Duisburg corner. Grillitsch has the ball in the opposition half and, though his pass to Baumgartner lacks precision, the loose ball falls to the Austrian and he curls it into the far corner from 20 metres.

59. Min.

TSG strike again: Baumgartner wins the ball back and immediately plays Adamyan through. The Armenian keeps his cool in front of goal and fires into the bottom right corner with his left foot.

65. Min.

Bebou almost makes it 3-0 after receiving the ball from Geiger, but his effort from 16 metres out flies narrowly wide.

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