TSG lose 1-0 to BVB despite strong performance

Despite producing their best performance in months, TSG Hoffenheim suffered a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. It was a strong opening half-hour from TSG but BVB then upped the pressure and took the lead through Julian Brandt (43). Hoffenheim increasingly grew into the match in the second period but could not convert any of their many opportunities to level the scores.

The scenario:

TSG went into the match in 15th place in the table and without a Bundesliga victory since Matchday 10. The men from Dortmund, meanwhile, arrived in the Kraichgau brimming with confidence, having won all eight of their competitive games in 2023. BVB occupied second spot, level on points with Bayern Munich and Union Berlin.

Personnel matters:

TSG coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made three changes to the team that suffered a (1-0) defeat in Augsburg. Sebastian Rudy replaced Thomas Delaney, with Kevin Akpoguma and Andrej Kramarić coming in for John Anthony Brooks and Kasper Dolberg.

Number of the game: 350

Sebastian Rudy made his 350th Bundesliga appearance today; he has played more Bundesliga matches against BVB than against any other team (26).

Moment of the match

Fisnik Asllani missed the target from close range in the 87th minute; the equaliser would have been highly deserved.

A good omen

TSG held their own against a title contender and really deserved a point. Despite the defeat, this performance will serve as a good omen for the matches to come.


TSG Hoffenheim will travel away to 1. FSV Mainz 05 next Saturday. Kick-off is at 15:30 CET.



TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Ozan Kabak (Bičakčić, 29), Vogt, Akpoguma – Kadeřábek, Rudy (Stiller, 78), Angeliño – Tohumcu (Asllani, 65), Baumgartner – Bebou (Dolberg, 65), Kramarić

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel – Wolf, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro – Can – Brandt, Reus (Hummels, 88), Bellingham, Bynoe-Gittens (Malen, 64) – Haller (Özcan, 77)

Goals: 0-1 Brandt (43)

Match highlights

4. Min.

Baumann to the rescue

The first chance for BVB: Reus plays the ball to Bynoe-Gittens, who goes past his opponent and pulls the trigger, but Baumann is on hand to make the save.

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16. Min.

Almost 1-0!

Big opportunity to take the lead! Vogt crosses to Kabak, who plays the ball into the middle, but Schlotterbeck comes sliding in to deny Baumgartner and Kabak then heads the loose ball over the crossbar. Kobel got his fingertips on it just before the header; otherwise, Ozan would have headed home.

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33. Min.

Great save from Baumann

An outstanding stop from Oli Baumann! Haller creates space for himself in the box and shoots left-footed, but our keeper leaps through the air and turns the ball behind.

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34. Min.

Oli! Oli! Oli!

The next unbelievable save from Baumann. Süle heads goalbound from a corner and Haller gets a touch to the ball but Baumann produces a crazy reflex save to keep it at 0-0.

35. Min.

Rudy goes close

It’s one chance after another, this time at the other end: Rudy pulls the trigger from around 20 metres out, though the ball flies narrowly wide of the upright.

43. Min.

Brandt opens the scoring for BVB

Dortmund win a free-kick on the left. Marco Reus crosses into the box and Julian Brandt uses his back to guide the ball unstoppably past Baumann and into the net.

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45 + 2. Min.

Wolf fires narrowly over

TSG have been all at sea since the goal. Guerreiro cuts the ball back from the left towards the totally unmarked Wolf, whose shot from 15 metres flies just over the goal.

59. Min.

Huge chance for Kramaric

Almost the leveller! Rudy plays a free-kick in low and Kramaric shoots from 13 metres, but Kobel makes a strong save.

65. Min.

Baumann intervenes again

Reus plays in Guerreiro, who shoots from a centre-left position, only for Baumann to turn the ball behind at full stretch.

67. Min.

Big chance for Baumgartner

Kramarić feeds Baumgartner, who runs forward and shoots left-footed from 20 metres. Kobel keeps out the curling effort, however.

72. Min.

Dolberg denied by Kobel

A leveller looks increasingly likely. Dolberg cuts into the box from the left and shoots, only for Kobel to save BVB for the umpteenth time.

87. Min.

Asllani misses

That should've been 1-1! Angelino crosses the ball towards the far post but Asllani cannot direct it on target from 50 centimetres out.

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