Extremely bitter defeat in Freiburg

Despite their battling performance, TSG Hoffenheim lost 2-1 (1-0) away to SC Freiburg. The home side took the lead through Maximilian Eggestein in the fifth minute, before Angelo Stiller levelled the scores at 1-1 shortly after the interval (49). With Freiburg a man up following Ozan Kabak's dismissal for a second bookable offence in the 84th minute, Ritsu Doan scored the winner in the 89th minute.

The scenario:

TSG Hoffenheim went into this round of matches in the relegation play-off place but the results on Friday and Saturday meant they dropped down into bottom spot in the table prior to kick-off in Freiburg. Freiburg went into Matchday 24 in fifth place in the table.


Pellegrino Matarazzo made six changes to the starting XI that lost 1-0 in Mainz last time out, with John Anthony Brooks, Robert Skov, Angelo Stiller, Finn Ole Becker, Ihlas Bebou and Munas Dabbur starting in place of Kevin Vogt, Angeliño, Thomas Delaney, Andrej Kramarić, Christoph Baumgartner and Kasper Dolberg.

Number of the game: 500

The match in Freiburg represented a milestone in Hoffenheim's history: it was TSG's 500th game in the Bundesliga.

Moment of the match:

Ritsu Doan broke Hoffenheim hearts by scoring the winner for Freiburg in the 89th minute.

Amazing choreography:

As the players ran out onto the pitch, they were met with a wonderful choreography from the TSG fans that showed they were fully behind the team. Many thanks for your great support!


TSG Hoffenheim will welcome direct rivals Hertha to the PreZero Arena on Matchday 25 of the season. TSG will need your support in the relegation battle in this match too. Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:30 CET.



SC Freiburg: Flekken – Kübler (Sildillia, 65), Ginter, Gulde, Günter – Eggestein, Höfler – Doan (Keitel, 90+3), Grifo (Weißhaupt, 65) – Höler (Jeong, 80), Gregoritsch (Gregoritsch, 80)

TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Ozan Kabak, Brooks, Akpoguma – Kadeřábek, Geiger, Skov (Angeliño, 75) – Stiller (Tohumcu, 87), Becker (Damar, 75) – Bebou (Asllani, 78), Dabbur (Bičakčić, 87)

Goals: 1-0 Eggestein (5), 1-1 Stiller (49), 2-1 Doan (89)

Noteworthy incidents: Red card: Ozan Kabak (84)

Match highlights

5. Min.

Freiburg take the lead

Freiburg take a 1-0 lead with their first chance: Akpoguma manages to clear Grifo’s cross but the ball lands at the feet of Eggestein, who fires it into the back of the net.

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29. Min.

First good chance for TSG

A big opportunity for TSG to level the scores: Kaderabek plays a lovely pass into the path of Bebou, who cuts the ball back from the byline into the centre. Ginter slides in and almost scores an own goal, but Flekken reacts in time and makes the save.

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49. Min.

The equaliser!

TSG link up nicely in front of the box with Dabbur squaring the ball to Stiller, who strikes it into the bottom right corner. Way to go!

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62. Min.

Almost in front

Frustrating! Skov plays a nice pass to set Bebou in motion, who briefly holds the ball up and passes it into the path of the onrushing Dabbur, whose finish is just about blocked by a defender.

89. Min.

Knockout blow

Freiburg make use of their numerical superiority and keep the ball moving. A cross comes in from the left and Doan fires an unstoppable shot into the net.

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90 + 2. Min.

Asllani misses

That should’ve been the equaliser! TSG get a second bite of the cherry following a corner and cross the ball in towards Asllani, who misses it at the back post.

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