Bitter defeat against Freiburg

Action-packed Baden derby, but unfortunately no points in the end: TSG Hoffenheim lost the big game against SC Freiburg 3-4 (1-1). TSG's 2-1 lead lasted only a few seconds, as a quick-fire double twenty minutes before the final whistle put the team from the Breisgau 4-2 up. Rudy pulled one back on 84 minutes, but it was too little, too late. Andrej Kramarić and Angelo Stiller were the other scorers for TSG.

Personnel and tactics:

Head coach Sebastian Hoeness made two changes to his starting eleven from the 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, Pavel Kadeřábek and Christoph Baumgartner, who both missed the game in Frankfurt through suspension, replaced Stefan Posch and Jacob Bruun Larsen. Kadeřábek took his place alongside Kevin Akpoguma, Kevin Vogt and David Raum in a back-four in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. Diadie Samassékou was the deep-lying midfielder, with Baumgartner and Stiller given more licence to attack. Munas Dabbur operated behind the two strikers Ihlas Bebou and Andrej Kramarić.

Hoeness looked to his bench for the first time on 65 minutes, making two changes, as Georginio and Sebastian Rudy came on for Dabbur and Baumgartner. About six minutes later, Robert Skov replaced Samassékou. In the 89th minute, TSG made a further two changes, throwing on Kasim Adams and Jacob Bruun Larsen in place of Akpoguma and Kadeřábek.

Moment of the match:

In the third minute of injury time, SC keeper Mark Flekken made a spectacular save to prevent a late TSG equaliser when it looked like Kasim Adams's header would make it 4-4.

Number of the game: 100

The 4-3 loss to SC Freiburg was Christoph Baumgartner's 100th competitive game for the TSG Hoffenheim first team.


TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kadeřábek (Bruun Larsen, 89), Akpoguma (Adams. 89), Vogt, Raum – Samassékou (Skov, 71) – Baumgartner (Rudy, 65), Stiller – Dabbur (Georginio, 65) – Bebou, Kramarić

SC Freiburg: Flekken – Lienhart, Gulde (Petersen, 46), N. Schlotterbeck – Kübler (Sildillia, 90+4), Eggestein, Höfler, Günter – Sallai (Jeong, 71), Grifo (Schmid, 88) – Höler (Demirovic, 71)

Goals: 0-1 Sallai (23), 1-1 Kramarić (32), 2-1 Stiller (49), 2-2 Günter (50), 2-3 Höler (70), 2-4 Jeong (73), 3-4 Rudy (84)


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