Both TSG Hoffenheim (3-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach) and VfL Bochum (2-1 at home to Mainz 05) started the season with a defeat. One week earlier, however, both clubs had reached the second round of the DFB-Pokal.
Head coach André Breitenreiter made four changes to his starting eleven from the 3-1 defeat in Mönchengladbach, Stanley Nsoki, Angeliño, Dennis Geiger and Jacob Bruun Larsen replaced Stefan Posch, Pavel Kadeřábek, Diadie Samassékou and Georginio. Tactically, TSG remained in their 3-5-2 system.
Number of the game: 3
Three different goalscorers earned TSG the first three points this season.
Moment of the match:
The 88th minute: Munas Dabbur sent the PreZero Arena into raptures shortly before the final whistle. The substitute striker headed a cross from Sebastian Rudy powerfully into the back of the net at the near post to give his side a much-celebrated victory.
Tackle of the game:
Bochum threw everything at TSG in injury time and had a promising counter-attack, but last man Ozan Kabak pulled off a sliding tackle to deny Silvere Ganvoula. The Turk celebrated the tackle like he had scored a goal.
Next Saturday (20 August, kick-off 15:30 CET), TSG will travel to Leverkusen. The Champions League team currently lie bottom of the table after losing 2-1 to FC Augsburg.
TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Ozan Kabak, Vogt (Kadeřábek, 51), Nsoki (Akpoguma, 46) – Skov, Geiger (Rudy, 62), Angeliño – Prömel, Baumgartner (Dabbur, 75) – Bruun Larsen (Georginio, 62), Kramarić
VfL Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa (Ganvoula, 88), Ordets, Heintz (Lampropoulos, 72), Janko – Losilla, Stöger – Osei-Tutu (Masovic, 76), Asano (Förster, 76), Zoller – Hofmann
Goals: 0-1 Zoller (10), 0-2 Zoller (13), 1-2 Baumgartner (14), 2-2 Ozan Kabak (23), 3-2 Dabbur (88)
Incidents of note: Riemann saves Kramarić penalty (59)