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10/02/2021

TSG come away empty-handed in derby

TSG suffered defeat away to VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 7. Despite a strong start, coach Sebastian Hoeness's side lost 3-1 (1-0) in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Jacob Bruun Larsen's goal in the 84th minute came too late to be anything other than a consolation.

Personnel and tactics:

Sebastian Hoeness made just one change to the side that defeated VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 last weekend, with Dennis Geiger starting on the right wing in place of Christoph Baumgartner. Oliver Baumann took his usual place in goal, with Pavel Kadeřábek, Chris Richards, Kevin Vogt and David Raum forming a four-man defensive line in front of him. Diadie Samassékou and Florian Grillitsch started in central midfield, with Geiger and Sargis Adamyan lining up on the wings. Ihlas Bebou and Andrej Kramarić formed a striking partnership up front. 

Hoeness made two changes in the 57th minute, with Kevin Akpoguma and Georginio Rutter coming on to replace Samassékou and Kadeřábek. Kramarić moved back into midfield and Rutter slotted in up front. Akpoguma took up Kadeřábek's role on the right side of the defence. Twelve minutes later, TSG again made a double substitution: Munas Dabbur came on for Bebou and Bruun Larsen replaced Geiger. Then, in the 83rd minute, Sebastian Rudy entered the field of play to replace Adamyan.

Moment of the match:

Ihlas Bebou hitting the bar in the 17th minute: the striker worked space to shoot in the box with a quick turn of the shoulders only to see his close-range effort denied by the woodwork. Not long after this big chance for TSG, Kempf scored the opener for Stuttgart in what turned out to be a decisive momentum shift. 

Number of the game: 3

Jacob Bruun Larsen's late goal to make it 3-1 was his third of the season in the Bundesliga. The Dane is now Hoffenheim's leading scorer in the current campaign.

Line-ups:

TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kadeřábek (57, Akpoguma), Vogt, Richards, Raum – Samassékou (57, Rutter), Grillitsch – Geiger (69, Bruun Larsen), Adamyan (83, Rudy) – Bebou (69, Dabbur), Kramarić

VfB Stuttgart: Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf – Coulibaly, Karazor, Sosa – Mangala (76, Nartey), Endo – Führich – Marmoush (76, Klimowicz)  

Goals: 1-0 Kempf (18), 2-0 Mavropanos (60), 3-0 Massimo (81), 3-1 Bruun Larsen (84)          

Match highlights

3

Grillitsch launches a long ball towards Kadeřábek, who hoists it onto Kramarić. His header from around 16 metres out is destined for the bottom-left corner, but Müller gets down well to make the save.

17

Bebou receives the ball in the box after a pass from Samassékou. He throws off his marker with a feint and then unleashes a shot which ends up striking the crossbar.

18

Marmoush whips in a corner from the right which Kempf gets his head to from close range. The ball takes a slight deflection off Grillitsch, leaving Baumann with no chance. 

32

 Stuttgart look to play their way out from the back but Adamyan intercepts a pass and slips the ball to Kramaric. The striker drills a shot on goal with his left foot but Müller is there to make the save.

60

Adamyan makes a terrible mistake in giving the ball away, giving Mavropanos the chance to drive into the box and fire an ice-cold finish into the bottom-left corner with his left foot.

69

After a delivery from Raum, Kramarić has a free header five metres from goal. However, he fails to make the right contact. That should have been a goal for TSG.

81

Massimo works his way into space on the right and drills a shot into the bottom-left corner out of the reach of Baumann.

84

Brunn Larsen drives into the middle from the left and tries his luck on goal. His effort takes a light deflection off Anton and thus leaves Müller with no chance to make the save.

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