Personnel & tactics:
Head coach Sebastian Hoeness made five changes to the team that beat Red Star Belgrade 2-0 in the UEFA Europa League. Philipp Pentke started between the sticks for the first time this season in place of Oliver Baumann, who missed out with stomach problems. Stefan Posch, Kevin Vogt and Kevin Akpoguma lined up in an unchanged back three. Sebastian Rudy kept his place on the right flank, while Robert Skov replaced Ryan Sessegnon on the left. Dennis Geiger and Diadie Samassékou came in for Florian Grillitsch and Mijat Gaćinović in the heart of midfield, while Christoph Baumgartner and Munas Dabbur retained their places in attack. They were joined in the front three by Jacob Bruun Larsen, who made his first start of the season in place of Ishak Belfodil.
TSG played with a highly flexible system. Rudy repeatedly pushed forward into central midfield and Posch filled his place on the right side of what became a back four. TSG made their first substitution on the hour mark, with João Klauss making his Bundesliga debut and Bruun Larsen making way (61). A double switch followed in the 77th minute, with Dabbur and Baumgartner withdrawn and Sargis Adamyan and Mijat Gaćinović brought on. Shortly before the end, coach Sebastian Hoeness replaced Skov with Ryan Sessegnon on the left flank (86).
Moment of the match:
In the 80th minute, Robert Skov had a go at goal from a free-kick over by the corner flag and struck the woodwork. It would have almost certainly been the winner – and a possible contender for goal of the month too.
Number of the game: 250
Sebastian Rudy was playing his 250th competitive game for TSG Hoffenheim. The landmark appearance saw the midfielder surpass Sejad Salihović and he now holds the record for most TSG appearances outright.
SV Werder Bremen: Pavlenka – Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl – Gebre Selassie, Groß (Möhwald, 71), Eggestein, Mbom – Bittencourt – Füllkrug (Osako, 37/Chong, 87), Sargent
TSG Hoffenheim: Pentke – Posch, Vogt, Akpoguma – Rudy, Geiger, Samassékou, Skov – Baumgartner (Gaćinović, 77), Dabbur (Adamyan, 77), Bruun Larsen (Klauss, 61)
Goals: 1-0 Eggestein (5), 1-1 Geiger (22)
Bremen switch the play to the right flank. Gebre Selassie plays a perfect cross in towards Eggestein, who volleys the ball with his left foot into the bottom right corner.
Skov decides to take a pop at goal from more than 30 metres out. The ball is deflected into the path of Rudy, who cuts it back perfectly to Geiger. The midfielder hammers it into the roof of the net to level the scores.
Akpoguma wins the second ball and chips it into the penalty area towards Dabbur. The Israeli gets his shot away from 11 metres but doesn't connect properly with the ball. That was a good chance.
Next chance for TSG: Geiger feeds Dabbur, who goes straight for goal from a tight angle, but Pavlenka reacts strongly and saves from close range.
TSG start the second period brightly. A deflected cross lands at the feet of Geiger, who dances past an opponent and shoots from 12 metres out. However, his attempt takes a deflection and flies over.
What a belter! Skov goes directly for goal with a free-kick from right over by the corner flag. It looks to be dipping in but thunders back off the bar.