TSG record important home win over Augsburg

TSG Hoffenheim beat FC Augsburg 3-1 (2-0) on Sunday and improved their position in the race for a European place. TSG made a good start to the game and took the lead through Wout Weghorst (17), with Andrej Kramarić quickly making it 2-0 (20). FCA upped the pressure in the second half and after spurning several chances, Ermedin Demirovic reduced the deficit (61). Ihlas Bebou, who had come on shortly beforehand as a substitute, then decided the game for Hoffenheim shortly before full-time (90).

Personnel matters

Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made one change to the starting XI compared to the 2-1 loss away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Grischa Prömel started in place of Umut Tohumcu.

The scenario

TSG Hoffenheim were in ninth position in the table ahead of the match, while FC Augsburg were in seventh place with three points more on the board.

Moment of the match

The goal for 3-1: it was threatening to be a nerve-wracking finish, but Ihlas Bebou scored and sealed the win in the 90th minute – tension turned to pure joy.

Number of the game: 250

Pavel Kadeřábek made his 250th competitive appearance in a TSG shirt against Augsburg. Meanwhile, John Anthony Brooks was playing his 250th Bundesliga game.

Superb support

The home stands were sold out on the big Family Matchday and the atmosphere around the PreZero Arena was fantastic well in advance of kick-off. Lovely that you were all there!


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



TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann – Drexler, Grillitsch, Ozan Kabak (Brooks, 64) – Kadeřábek, Stach, Prömel (Becker, 87), Jurásek (Bülter, 74) – Kramarić (Tohumcu, 74) – Weghorst, Beier (Bebou, 87)

FC Augsburg: Dahmen – Bauer (Pfeiffer, 64), Gouweleeuw, Uduokhai, Pedersen – Engels (Kömür, 75), Jakic (Breithaupt, 12), Maier (Beljo, 75) – Vargas (Biel, 75) – Tietz, Demirovic

Goals: 1-0 Weghorst (17), 2-0 Kramarić (20), 2-1 Demirovic (61), 3-1 Bebou (90)

Match highlights

10. Min.

Stach narrowly wide

Good chance for Hoffe: A cross from the left is cleared outside the box by Jakic and Stach strikes it on the volley. The ball sails just centimetres wide of the left upright.

17. Min.

Hoffe lead!

That is great play! Kramaric gets the ball on the edge of the centre circle and feeds Kaderabek down the right wing. The Czech passes low into the middle, where Weghorst slots home from close range.

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20. Min.

Kramaric adds another

A quick second goal! Stach intercepts a ball from Dahmen and passes to Prömel. He in turns sets Weghorst in motion and the scorer of the opening goal squares to Kramaric, who curls beautifully into the bottom right corner.

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42. Min.

World class from Baumann

That’s very important! Vargas is played into the box but loses out in a one-on-one with Oliver Baumann. Augsburg subsequently have another opportunity from range via Engels; Baumann only sees the ball late but catches it comfortably.

48. Min.

Baumann saves

Augsburg start the second period well: The TSG defence initially cut out the interplay in the penalty area but then the ball falls to Engels, who controls it with his chest and then pulls the trigger. The ball bounces up trickily but Baumann gets across to the corner in question and manages to parry it.

56. Min.

Maier strikes the post

TSG got lucky there. Vargas is allowed to go on a long run with the ball before he plays to Pedersen on the left. His low cross finds Maier, who tries to find the net from 11 metres out but instead strikes the upright.

61. Min.

Augsburg cut deficit

Maier’s shot is initially blocked, but the ball falls to Tietz in the box and he passes it into the six-yard box, where Demirovic gets his foot to it and scores.

81. Min.

Weghorst on the line

Very important, Wout! A corner from Biel is met by a header from Pfeiffer. Weghorst is standing on the line and heads the ball clear.

90. Min.

The clincher!

Kaderabek plays a delicate ball into the path of Bebou, who takes it with his chest and runs towards goal. He stays ice-cool and scores to make it 3-1.

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