The autumn flight from 1899 Hoffenheim continues. The Kraichgauer prevailed on 11 Matchday of the Bundesliga 2-1 (0-0) against FC Augsburg and celebrated the fourth consecutive victory. (All results at a glance)
Vice World Champion Andrej Kramaric (65) and Reiss Nelson (83) a minute after his substitution met for the TSG, which has never lost a home game against Augsburg. Alfred Finnbogason had meanwhile equalized (69.).
"We wanted to surprise the opponent with a back four, but the opponent also surprised us and defended us deeply, so the first half was shaped by the tactics – without big highlights – in the end we won not deserved, but not completely undeserved, "said Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.
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Three days after the 2-2 (0-2) in the Champions League at Olympique Lyon Nagelsmann had changed his starting eleven in three positions compared to the match in France.
In front of 27,009 spectators in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, the hosts were superior despite the slight rotation of the coach in the early stages. (The game to read in TICKER)
Already in the 7th minute, Hoffenheim, who had to make do without Florian Grillitsch and long-term injured Benjamin Hübner, Nadiem Amiri, Dennis Geiger and Lukas Rupp, could have taken the lead. The Brazilian Joelinton forgave the opportunity.
Augsburg controls initial phase
The guests, who lacked Jan Moravek, Andre Hahn, Christoph Janker, Dong-Won Ji and substitute goalkeeper Fabian Giefer, put on defensive first. Nevertheless, Caiuby had a good chance (15.).
On the other side it was again his compatriot Joelinton, who caused great danger (16).
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In the middle of the first half, the encounter hardly had any highlights. The Hoffenheim seemed tired as a result of the numerous English weeks, the FCA controlled the game without much effort.
Even after half an hour, almost nothing happened outside the gates, the game was lost to the boring. Only in the 42nd minute, it was exciting again, TSG striker Adam Szalai made a short distance.
After the break, the hosts could not move the lever initially. The TSG lacked the pace, also afforded the Nagelsmann protégés unusually many mistakes in the game structure. Augsburg barely came under pressure and did not burn anything.
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Nelson hits 93 seconds after substitution
In the 65th minute then the events rolled over. At first Philipp Max and Finnbogason awarded two big chances for the FCA within a few seconds.
In direct return, the Croat Kramaric met after preparatory work by Joelinton. The Augsburg were shocked only briefly, the compensation by Finnbogason was not long in coming.
But then Nagelsmann proved with the substitution of Nelson (82) a lucky touch. The 18-year-old was only 93 seconds on the court when he marked the 2-1 winner. (Table of the Bundesliga)
We have at least one point, if not more, to take with us – we have to grab our noses on offense and defensiveness, to go home with a defeat – that's disastrous we blame, "annoyed Augsburg coach Manuel Baum.