Comfortable win against Cologne

TSG Hoffenheim started the second half of their Bundesliga season on a winning note by beating 1. FC Cologne 3-0 (2-0) on Bundesliga Matchday 18. Two Andrej Kramarić penalties and a Christoph Baumgartner strike sealed the win for the Kraichgau club, whose goalkeeper Oliver Baumann saved an Anthony Modeste spot-kick to ensure a third consecutive clean sheet.

Personnel & tactics:

Head coach Sebastian Hoeness made two changes to the starting XI that won 3-0 away to Hertha BSC last time out, Håvard Nordtveit and Ihlas Bebou replacing Kevin Vogt and Munas Dabbur. Kasim Adams, Nordtveit and Stefan Posch formed the back three in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, while Mijat Gaćinović (right) and Marco John (left) kept their positions on the flanks. Sebastian Rudy again partnered Diadie Samassékou in central midfield, with Bebou slotting into a flexible front three alongside Baumgartner and Andrej Kramarić.

Pavel Kadeřábek made his long-awaited comeback in the 75th minute. The Czechia international replaced Gaćinović on the right flank and made his first appearance in 113 days. The second substitution saw Sargis Adamyan replace Bebou in attack. With almost 82 minutes on the clock, double goalscorer Kramarić was withdrawn. Munas Dabbur came on in his stead. Samassékou then made way for Melayro Bogarde in midfield in the closing stages (88).

Moment of the match:

The 79th minute: Oliver Baumann saved a penalty kick from Anthony Modeste to kill off any hopes of a comeback.

Number of the game: 74

Andrej Kramarić scored his 73rd and 74th Bundesliga goals from the penalty spot. The brace took the TSG striker past Ivica Olic and he is now the top Croatian goalscorer in German top-flight history.


TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Adams, Nordtveit, Posch – Gaćinović, Rudy, Samassékou (Bogarde, 88), Gaćinović (Kadeřábek, 75) – Baumgartner – Bebou (Adamyan, 75), Kramarić (Dabbur, 82)

1. FC Cologne: Horn – Cestic (Mere, 30), Bornauw, Horn – Ehizibue (Thielmann, 30), Skhiri, Hector, Katterbach (Jakobs, 61) – Wolf, Drexler – Duda (Modeste, 61)

Goals: 1-0 Kramarić (penalty, 7), 2-0 Baumgartner (27), 3-0 Kramarić (penalty)

Notable incidents: Baumann saves penalty from Modeste (78)

Match highlights


The perfect start: Bebou produces a moment of individual brilliance but his shot is then blocked by the hand of Cestic. Kramarić leaves Horn no chance from the spot and coolly slots home.


The second ball falls to Gaćinović following a corner-kick, and the Serb's strike from 17 metres out is perfectly diverted into the net by Baumgartner, whose flick makes it 2-0. Great goal!


TSG almost concede out of nothing when a corner is deflected into the path of the unmarked Wolf, who shoots from five metres out. But Baumann makes a very strong stop with his foot.


Kramarić shoots left-footed from 17 metres and only just misses the target. Lucky for 1. FC Cologne.

45 + 1

The deficit is almost halved on the stroke of half-time, but Wolf's header from a Duda corner hits the far post. Lucky!


A misplaced pass from Mere gifts Kramarić a glorious chance to make it 3-0, but the Croat is forced out wide and cannot find the net from the tight angle.


Modeste catches Baumgartner's foot and a penalty is rightly awarded. Kramarić again leaves Horn no chance and coolly slots into the bottom left corner. 3-0!


Wolf goes down in the box following a challenge and Cologne have a spot-kick. Modeste aims for the bottom left corner but Baumann makes a strong save.

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