Two late goals conceded: TSG lose to Leverkusen

TSG Hoffenheim suffered a 2-1 (0-1) defeat away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Pellegrino Matarazzo's team produced a focused performance in defence in particular and were clinical in front of goal in the first period against the previously unbeaten league leaders. Maximilian Beier fired TSG in front following a one-two with Wout Weghorst (33). Leverkusen then pressed almost non-stop in search of an equaliser, but TSG defended with great passion. However, Bayer broke through the TSG defence late on and turned the game around through Andrich (88) and Schick (90+1) shortly before the final whistle.


Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made two changes to his starting line-up compared to the 3-0 defeat to VfB Stuttgart: Andrej Kramarić and Ozan Kabak started in place of Kevin Akpoguma and Ihlas Bebou.

The scenario

TSG Hoffenheim went into the matchday in eighth position in the table, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen sat in pole position with a 10-point cushion over second place.

Moment of the match

Leverkusen's late winner through Patrik Schick rendered all of TSG's efforts over the previous 90 minutes futile – their passionate battling performance was not rewarded.

Number of the game: 39

TSG had the Werkself on the cusp of their first defeat of the season for a long time – but Leverkusen appear to be unbeatable this season. It was their 39th competitive game in a row without defeat.

Save of the day

Oliver Baumann showed all his class once again in the 76th minute: He initially made an outstanding save to keep out Patrik Schick's shot from five metres and then made another crazy reflex stop to save Amine Adli's follow-up.  


TSG Hoffenheim will play host to FC Augsburg next week. Kick-off is at 15:30 CET on Sunday (7 April).



Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Hradecky – Tapsoba (Stanisic, 86), Tah, Hincapie (Iglesias, 72) – Frimpong (Tella, 86), Andrich, Xhaka, Grimaldo – Hofmann (Adli, 58), Wirtz – Schick

TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Drexler, Grillitsch, Ozan Kabak – Kadeřábek, Stach, Tohumcu (Geiger, 72), Jurásek – Kramarić (Prömel, 58) – Weghorst (Bülter, 78), Beier (Bebou, 72)

Goals: 0-1 Beier (33), 1-1 Andrich (88), 2-1 Schick (90+1)

Match highlights

18. Min.

Wirtz misses by centimetres

Almost the opener: Wirtz cuts into the middle from the left and targets the far corner but the international player's shot flies inches wide of the mark.

33. Min.

TSG lead!

1-0 to Hoffenheim! Beier runs towards the penalty area and picks out Weghorst, who slides in to play it back to Beier. TSG's top goalscorer keeps cool in front of Hradecky and opens the scoring.

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42. Min.

Baumann saves

Major opportunity to restore parity: Xhaka spots that Baumann is expecting a cross and tries to catch the TSG goalkeeper by surprise. But Baumann manages to get back and claws the ball away - very important!

45 + 1. Min.

Kabak blocks

Within a whisker of the equaliser: Frimpong cuts the ball back from the byline into the middle for Hofmann. The former TSG academy player shoots first-time, but Kabak is on hand and blocks.

54. Min.

Huge save from Baumann

Wirtz dribbles past Grillitsch into the box and shoots. The shot takes a deflection off of Drexler, which makes it highly challenging for Baumann, but the TSG goalie makes an outstanding reflex stop and protects the lead.

76. Min.


Oli, you son of a gun! Schick first takes a shot from close range, but Baumann's arm flies up into the air. Adli then pounces on the follow-up but another crazy reflex preserves the lead.

88. Min.

Andrich levels

TSG withstand the pressure for a long time but now they are pegged back. Tah heads a cross from the back post into the middle, where Andrich slots home from close range. Bitter!

90 + 1. Min.

Leverkusen turn the game around

This can't be happening. Tella plays the ball low in front of goal and Schick slots home. Onside by a whisker.

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