TSG went into the game in 13th place with 19 points, while Gladbach were in ninth position with three points more on the board.
André Breitenreiter had to make numerous changes to the team that drew 2-2 against Stuttgart. Ozan Kabak, new signing John Anthony Brooks and Tom Bischof replaced the injured Robert Skov, Kevin Vogt and Angelo Stiller, while Kasper Dolberg came in for Ihlas Bebou, who had a cold during the week and started today's game on the bench.
Number of the game: 3
Three TSG players made their first competitive appearance at the PreZero Arena. While John Anthony Brooks pulled on a TSG shirt for the very first time, Umut Tohumcu and Finn Ole Becker made their debuts on home turf.
Moment of the match:
The goal for 3-1. TSG played well in the second half and had just rewarded themselves by pulling a goal back when Gladbach killed the game with their third goal soon afterwards.
Only two days after signing his contract, John Anthony Brooks made his debut in a TSG Hoffenheim shirt – on what was his 30th birthday.
TSG Hoffenheim are away to RB Leipzig on Wednesday. Kick-off in the DFB-Pokal last 16 is at 18:00 CET. The Bundesliga continues away to VfL Bochum next Saturday (15:30 CET).
TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kabak, Brooks, Nsoki – Kadeřábek (Dabbur, 62), Rudy (Tohumcu, 46), Angeliño – Bischof (Becker, 74), Baumgartner – Dolberg (Bebou, 46), Kramarić
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Omlin – Scally (Jantschke, 90+5), Itakura, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Weigl, Kone – Hofmann (Netz, 90), Kramer (Lainer, 90+5), Stindl (Wolf, 86) – Thuram (Plea, 86)
Goals: 0-1 Hofmann (12), 0-2 Hofmann (37), 1-2 Bebou (80), 1-3 Stindl (83), 1-4 (90+2)
Goal for Gladbach
TSG register an attempt at one end and suddenly the ball is in Baumann's net at the other. A long ball towards Hofmann bypasses the defence and the ex-TSG player keeps his cool and slots home.
Baumgartner almost equalises
TSG try to hit back immediately and attack strongly from kick-off. Baumgartner takes the ball past the keeper in the box but his shot from a tight angle is scraped off the line by a Gladbach player.
Hofmann doubles lead
Hofmann is played in with a pass over the top and then gets lucky when the ball ricochets off an opposition defender and into his path in the penalty area. The Germany international then slots home tidily and makes it 2-0.
Kadeřábek fires just over
Big chance to pull a goal back! Dolberg picks out Kadeřábek on the right, who is allowed to run into the box unimpeded. He goes all-out with a shot but it flies narrowly over the frame of the goal.
Good chance for Dabbur
Tohumcu plays in Bebou with a wonderful ball. The cross finds the forward, but Itakura turns it behind for a corner. That would’ve been dangerous otherwise.
Baumann saves with his foot
Huge chance for Gladbach. Hofmann finds space on the right and passes to Thuram, who squares it and finds Stindl. He controls the ball first but then disguises a shot which Baumann does well to block with his foot.
Bischof goes close
Great shot by Tom Bischof. The corner-kick comes in and he attempts to strike it on the volley from distance but it flies narrowly wide of the right upright.
Baumgartner hits the woodwork
The next big chance for Hoffe! Baumi meets Kramaric’s cross with a header that strikes the post.
A goal back!
It’s highly deserved by this point! Becker crosses towards the back post, Baumgartner heads it into the middle and Bebou puts the ball over the line.
Gladbach hit back immediately
Amid a spell of TSG pressure, Gladbach go 3-1 up: Scally feeds Hofmann, who cuts back to Stindl. The captain strikes it low into the corner.
TSG lose the ball on the halfway line and Gladbach launch a quick attack. Netz has plenty of space on the left and squares it to Wolf, who turns it home from close range.