TSG squander three leads

A sobering draw to finish off the year: TSG Hoffenheim have been held to a 3-3 (2-1) stalemate by SV Darmstadt 98. Andrej Kramarić (penalty, 14) and Ihlas Bebou (28, 66) scored the goals for TSG but it was not enough to get the home victory they had been hoping for. Despite leading three times, Hoffenheim could not see out the win and had to settle for a draw.

The line-up

Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made one change to the starting XI that suffered a 3-1 loss away to RB Leipzig. Umut Tohumcu started in place of Robert Skov.

The scenario

TSG went into Matchday 16 in seventh place in the table with 23 points, while SV Darmstadt 98 were bottom with nine points.

Moment of the match

The 80th minute: John Anthony Brooks was presented with a shooting opportunity from an unmarked position three metres out following a corner, but fired over the goal and missed the chance to make it 4-2. Darmstadt equalised for the third time five minutes later.

Number of the game: 20

TSG Hoffenheim scored for the 20th Bundesliga match in succession – an outright club record.

A curious celebration

The celebrations for the 2-1 goal: a little boy suddenly appeared on the pitch and joined in the goal celebrations with the TSG players. The moment naturally had to be captured with a selfie.


It was the final competitive game of the calendar year for both teams. The TSG players will resume training on 2 January, before restarting the campaign away to FC Bayern Munich on 12 January.



TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Ozan Kabak (Justvan, 90), Brooks, Vogt – Kadeřábek, Stach, Tohumcu (Grillitsch, 54) – Prömel (Becker, 90), Kramarić (Beier, 73), Bülter (Skov, 46) – Bebou

SV Darmstadt 98: Schuhen – Klarer, Gjasula (Ronstadt, 46), Isherwood (Maglica, 75) – Riedel, Bader (Torsiello, 84), Franjic (Müller, 75), Karic – Kempe (Honsak, 84) – Skarke, Pfeiffer

Goals: 1-0 Kramarić (pen., 14), 1-1 Pfeiffer (23), 2-1 Bebou (28), 2-2 Skarke (57), 3-2 Bebou (66), 3-3 Skarke (85)

Match highlights

8. Min.

The first dangerous attempt

The first shot of the match: Kadeřábek crosses from the right towards Kramarić in the middle. The Croat heads narrowly to the left of target – a missed opportunity.

14. Min.

Kramarić from the spot

Bebou is clean through following a long pass and beats Darmstadt’s goalkeeper Schuhen to the ball. The striker rounds the goalie and is then brought down in the penalty box. Kramarić coolly slots the resultant spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.

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23. Min.

The equaliser

That was too easy: Darmstadt link up down the left flank without too much difficulty and cross low into the middle, where Pfeiffer beats Vogt to the ball and scores.

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25. Min.

That should've been the lead again

The best attack of the match is not rewarded: Tohumcu plays a superb through-ball to Kadeřábek, who cuts it back perfectly to Prömel, but the midfielder fires wide of a relatively empty goal from 10 metres out.

28. Min.

Bebou puts TSG in front

That happened quickly: Vogt feeds Prömel in the middle, who sees the gap behind the defence and plays in Bebou. The striker goes clean through on Schuhen, rounds him and slots home easily.

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57. Min.

Skarke equalises

TSG concede another goal too easily: Skarke is picked out in the middle relatively simply, aims for the bottom-right corner from a central position and scores.

66. Min.

Bebou puts TSG ahead for third time

What a day the boy is having: Grillitsch wins the ball and threads it through to Bebou. The striker sidesteps an opponent, cuts into the middle and shoots left-footed into the bottom-right corner.

80. Min.

Brooks spurns chance to wrap it up

That should’ve been 4-2: Stach flicks on a Skov corner perfectly towards the unmarked Brooks, who fires over from three metres. Damn.

85. Min.

The third equaliser

Ozan Kabak clears a free-kick straight to the feet of Pfeiffer, who squares to Skarke and the Darmstadt man thunders the ball into the bottom-right corner.

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