Hard-fought draw with Mainz

A wild match ends in a stalemate: TSG Hoffenheim drew 1-1 (0-1) with 1. FSV Mainz 05. TSG had problems against the men from Mainz throughout the entire match and had goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to thank for a penalty save that kept out Aymen Barkok from the spot in the 68th minute. The goal from Robert Skov (48) was therefore only enough to earn a point.


Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made three changes to the starting line-up compared to the 1-1 draw at FC Augsburg: John Anthony Brooks, Robert Skov and Andrej Kramarić started in place of Kevin Akpoguma, Ihlas Bebou and Finn Ole Becker.

The scenario

TSG went into Matchday 12 in sixth place in the table, while 1. FSV Mainz 05 were in 16th position with seven points.

Moment of the match

The last action before half-time: TSG Hoffenheim registered five shots at goal within a matter of seconds in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but none of the shots found their way into the net. Robin Zentner saved to keep out Grischa Prömel, while a Mainz player threw himself into the path of attempts from Maximilian Beier and Marius Bülter. Then Bülter was denied by the upright. That should have been the equaliser.

Number of the game: 7

The goal for 1-0 was the seventh time that TSG have conceded this season in the final quarter-hour before the break – more than any other Bundesliga team.

Save of the match

Oliver Baumann saved a penalty yet again. The TSG shot-stopper kept Hoffenheim in the match in the 68th minute when he got down to the right corner from the shooter's perspective to keep out Aymen Barkok's penalty. It was the third spot-kick Baumann has saved this term.


TSG Hoffenheim will be away to Borussia Mönchengladbach next week. Kick-off is at 15:30 CET on Saturday.



TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Ozan Kabak (Akpoguma, 46), Brooks, Vogt – Skov (Bebou, 63), Stach (Becker, 78), Bülter (Kadeřábek, 46) – Prömel (Grillitsch, 46), Kramarić – Weghorst, Beier

1. FSV Mainz 05: Zentner – Widmer (da Costa, 90+3), Fernandes, Caci – Barkok, Krauß, Barreiro, Mwene – Richter, Lee (Burkardt, 73) – Ajorque

Goals: 0-1 Richter (39), 1-1 Skov (48)

Noteworthy incidents: Baumann saves penalty from Barkok (68)

Match highlights

28. Min.

Too central from Beier

The first shot at goal: Kramarić lays it off with his chest towards Beier, who shoots on the turn from 16 metres, but it is unfortunately straight at Mainz goalie Zentner, who has no problems dealing with it.

39. Min.

Mainz take the lead

A long ball suffices and Mainz lead. Richter is completely unmarked on the left and goes clean through on Baumann. He keeps his cool in front of goal and finds the bottom right corner.

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41. Min.

Very important from Baumann

Almost the worst-case scenario: Bülter clears a cross away from Lee but straight to the feet of Barkok, who should make it 2-0, only for Baumann to save strongly.

45 + 4. Min.

Four chances at once

This cannot be happening. Somehow the ball isn’t in the net. Bülter, Beier and Prömel have several chances to level the scores, but there’s always someone in the way. Zentner saves from Prömel, a Mainz player blocks against Beier and Bülter, and then Bülter is denied by the post. Very bitter.

48. Min.

Skov with the equaliser

So important! The substitutions pay off immediately: Kadeřábek crosses from the right towards Skov, who meets the ball first-time at the back post and slots into the far corner.

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69. Min.

Baumann saves penalty

This guy is incredible: After a foul from Kevin Akpoguma on Lee, Mainz are awarded a penalty. Barkok steps up and is kept out by Baumann, who goes the right way and saves strongly.

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80. Min.

Richter hits the bar

Perfect free-kick position for Richter 20 metres out. He strikes it powerfully. Baumann misjudges the ball and is fortunate that the attempt strikes the bar and bounces down in front of the line.

85. Min.

The crossbar again

Richter steps up for another free-kick and hits the crossbar yet again. This time from 25 metres, TSG get lucky once again.

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