TSG lose 4-2 in Frankfurt

TSG Hoffenheim fell to a 4-2 (3-1) defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt, in no small part due to an early double blow. Andre Breitenreiter's side found themselves trailing 2-0 after just eight minutes due to goals from Djibril Sow (6) and Randal Kolo Muani (8). Try as they might, TSG couldn't recover from this early deficit. Dina Ebimbe even upped the lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute. Christoph Baumgartner (37) and Ozan Kabak (46) then pulled the score back to 3-2, but Jesper Lindström's 56th goal proved the fatal blow. Hoffenheim will now host VfL Wolfsburg at the PreZero Arena on Saturday (15: 30 CET) as they look to get back to winning ways in their last competitive match of the year.

The scenario

TSG came into Matchday 14 placed ninth in the standings. Their hosts, Eintracht Frankfurt, were five points ahead in fifth place.

The line-up

André Breitenreiter made five changes to the starting XI. Ozan Kabak, Eduardo Quaresma, Pavel Kadeřábek, Andrej Kramarić and Muhammed Damar came into the side in place of Stanley Nsoki, Kevin Akpoguma, Grischa Prömel, Robert Skov and Jacob Bruun Larsen.

Number of the game: 2

Two TSG players, Eduardo Quaresma and Muhammed Damar, made their first ever starts in the Bundesliga on Wednesday night.

Moment of the match

The early one-two punch: Eintracht Frankfurt scored two goals in the space of three minutes and were therefore 2-0 ahead after just eight minutes. TSG were unable to recover from the deficit and the shock.

Gesture of the game

Before the game even kicked off, the TSG players gave us an emotional moment: the squad ran out for the warm-up in special shirts with Grischa Prömel's face and the words "GUTE BESSERUNG 6RISCHA!" (GET WELL SOON 6RISCHA!).


TSG Hoffenheim will play their last competitive match of the calendar year on Saturday, as they host VfL Wolfsburg at the PreZero Arena. Wolfsburg are currently in eighth place, with 20 points from 14 games.



Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Jakic (64, Smolcic), Ndicka – Dina Ebimbe (90, Toure), Sow, Kamada, Knauff (81, Pellegrini) – Lindström (81, Lindström), Götze – Kolo Muani (90, Alario)

TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Quaresma (46, Akpoguma), Vogt, Ozan Kabak – Kadeřábek (46, Skov), Geiger, Angeliño – Damar (46, Stiller), Kramarić – Georginio (77, Asllani), Baumgartner

Goals: 1-0 Sow (6), 2-0 Kolo Muani (8), 3-0 Dina Ebimbe (29), 3-1 Baumgartner (37), 3-2 Ozan Kabak (46), 4-2 Lindström (56)

Match highlights

6. Min.

TSG down early on

Quaresma slips to the ground when trying to build up from the back and loses the ball. Kamada pounces on it and overcomes the challenge of Geiger before slipping the ball to Sow, who nips past Vogt and gets the better of Baumann to give the home side the lead.

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8. Min.

Kolo Muani makes it two

TSG are still shaken after conceding the early goal, and Frankfurt are able to capitalise. After a throw-in, the ball comes to Lindström who unleashes a half-volleyed effort on goal. Baumann is able to make the save, but the rebound falls to the feet of Kolo Muani, who clinically blasts the ball into the back of the net. 

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29. Min.

Dina Ebimbe puts Eintracht 3-0 up

After winning the ball in their own half, Frankfurt drive forward at pace: first Götze plays a backheel into the path of the onrushing Kamada, who zips the ball onto Kolo Muani. After drawing the attention of the TSG defence, he plays a precise square pass to Dina Ebimbe, who finishes with his first touch to make it 3-0.

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37. Min.

Baumgartner pulls one back

After a corner, the ball arrives at the feet of Angeliño out on the right flank. He lofts a delivery into the area to Ozan Kabak, who takes the ball down with aplomb and dinks it across the face of goal towards Baumgartner. The Austrian just has to nod the ball home from close range.

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46. Min.

Kabak makes it 3-2

Kabak picks up the ball around 35 metres from goal and drifts past a Frankfurt defender before drilling a low shot into the left corner. Trapp had no chance with that one.

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53. Min.

Strong link-up play goes unrewarded

TSG are working the space well now. Skov and Baumgartner combine neatly down the right. The ball is then played square to Georginio, whose shot is deflected wide of the mark. 

56. Min.

Frankfurt score another 

Kolo Muani skips forward into the Hoffenheim area, evading several challenges before slipping the ball centrally towards Lindström. Akpoguma tries to intercept but slips to the ground, leaving the Dane with a relatively easy finish from close range. 

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58. Min.

Kamada hits the post

Dina Ebimbe delivers a low cross into the six-yard box. The goal is wide open for Kamada, but he ends up hitting the woodwork.

67. Min.

Another big chance for SGE

Frankfurt carve open TSG and should really have their fifth goal: Götze plays in Lindström, who lays the ball off to Dina Ebimbe with a backheel. The striker only has Baumann to beat, but he fires wide of the target from around eight metres out. 

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