The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates its debut in the Champions League and must for the first group match to eleven times Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk. The live ticker.
Shakhtar Donetsk – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1: 2 (in Kharkiv)
Shakhtar Donetsk: 30 Pyatov – 2 Butko, 5 Khocholava, 44 Rakitsky, 31 Ismaily – 6 Stepanenko, 21 Patrick – 7 Taison, 10 Moraes, 11 Marlos, 50 Bolbat
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: 1 Baumann – 6 Nordtveit, 22 Vogt, 38 Posch – 11 Grillitsch, 13 Bittencourt – 3 Kaderabek, 16 Schulz – 28 Szalai, 34 Joelinton, 27 Kramaric
Goals: 0: 1 Grillitsch (6th), 1: 1 Ismaily (27th), 1: 2 Nordtveit (38th)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
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45 +. 1 Minute: Now some of the powers are disappearing. Joelinton gets Ismaily and Rakitsky out of the penalty area – but his shot to the left is too inaccurate and swirls in the side. Two minutes are replayed.
44th minute: Moraes sees the yellow card after a foul in midfield.
43th minute: But every thrust of the TSG at least provides for gentle danger. Khocholava and Rakitsky are mostly alone in the far hall. And again and again, the Hoffenheim have in the Klärungsversuchen the Ukrainians a hair and a foot in between. Just seen after a cross from Schulz from the half-field.
42nd minute: A flank of Rakitsky from the half-field is sure booty of Hoffenheim's back team. Now the guests hold the ball first in their own ranks. Posch, Vogt and Baumann push the ball.
40th minute: Now Donetsk staggers a bit. Kramaric and Schulz have plenty of room – the Croatian can go the 16-line towards the center long, pulls off – but this ball lands left of the box in the goal.
38th Minute: Again Kramaric strides to the corner. It comes a bit too high and soft – but it lands exactly on Nordtveits skull. Pyatov plump at the Norwegian just off. And the pill is in the gate!
37th minute: Hoffenheim continues to put pressure. Schulz brings in an incredibly powerful cross from the left corner flag – exactly on Szalai's head – but the ball goes straight to Pyatov.
36th minute: The scene results in the next flank of Bittencourt from the right wing. Rakitsky has his head in front of Szalai on the ball. The next corner (this time from the right) does not bring anything.
35th minute: Kramaric walks to the next corner for Hoffe. Pyatov has his fists on it again. The guests from Germany are rebuilding.
33rd minute: A little bit of fun is needed now. Both teams continue to combine speedy penalties – but are not so eager to finish.
31 minutes: The TSG is now striving for a little more game control. Bittencourt leads the ball several seconds in midfield.
29 minutes: Now it is an incredibly intense game. Joelinton comes in the crowd in the Donetsk penalty area to the conclusion, the following corner brings nothing – except a quick counterattack the Ukrainians. Almost that would have been 2: 1 due. The audience is now raging at the home side's counterattacks.
27th Minute: And there it happened. Donetsk comes over again on the left. Hoffenheim had moved up a bit after a tee. Nordtveit loses in the midfield the header duel – and then may defender Ismaily drive the ball and drive with the TSG defense sledges. After a body turn he comes in the penalty area to the conclusion. The ball is in the long corner, no chance for Baumann.
27 minutes: First, the TSG can clarify – in the second wave brings Rakitsky the ball but from the left by flank in the danger zone. There Stepanenko comes with a powerful header to the train. The head but strokes the crossbar.
26th minute: Captain Taison offers the Hoffenheimers some problems. The Brazilian is allowed to drive the ball a few meters. In the end, Bittencourt clears him up. Free kick on 25 meters half-left position.
23 minutes: It goes back and forth! A cross from Nico Schulz to Joelinton takes the volley – a defense leg is in between. Now Bittencourt may step to the corner from the right. However again without appreciable danger.
22 minutes: Ripped off! Marlos looks for Moraes with a straight pass into the box. Vogt blocks the Brazilians skillfully and lets the ball roll into the goal. Discount.
21 minutes: Hoffenheim is always ready for counterattack. The direct counter-push brings in a corner from the left – but it fizzles again without danger.
20th minute: Now come the East Ukrainians again. Marlos gets the ball half right at the 16 mark and takes on the wing Butko – the cross can Baumann just before Moraes wegfausten. Durchschnaufen.
18th minute: Back to the familiar picture: 1899 is deep, Donetsk quietly builds and seeks the gap. So far in vain.
16 minutes: And on it goes on the other side! One cross from the left takes Joelinton by the head to the penalty spot to Szalai – Pyatov can only knock off the ball. The defense steers the leather out of the danger zone.
15 minutes: The corner does not bring anything. But in the second attempt Bolbat and Ismaily come back to the penalty area. Baumann has graduated from an acute angle.
14th minute: But Donetsk has caught himself. Bolbat and Ismaily come to the baseline via detours – Ismaily's cross from the left blocks Nordtveit to the corner.
13 minutes: Hoffenheim reacts with attack. Szalai passes on a high pass artistically by pulling back on the right wing to Kramaric – but is offside. Correct decision.
12th minute: First ticklish scene: After a back pass Oliver Baumann is called by Moraes. The attempted liberation bounces off the side.
11th minute: Now Taison and Ismaily come over the left wing. But Bittencourt and Nordveidt make consistent and get a throw-in for the guest from Germany out.
10 minutes: The TSG is now waiting for Ukrainian attacks. They do not know what to do yet. Khocholava, Rakitsky and Co. circle the ball at the midline through their own ranks.
8th minute: Adam Szalai is back on the grass. While the TSG can now fall back into its own half, there is time to note: six minutes has passed until Hoffenheim's first CL goal. Strong.
7th minute: A small downside: Szalai had the ball in a press strike with Stepanek only armed. However, the striker has obviously hurt. He has to get out shortly. But it seems to continue.
6th Minute: Wow … that went suddenly! The first really purposeful attack of the Hoffenheim is right in it! Grillitsch grabs the pill in the midfield goes, a few yards, plays a double pass with Bittencourt and lupft the ball over the onrushing Pyatov in the gate.
4th minute: First corner for Hope! The ball from the left Pyatov but out of danger.
3rd minute: It is extensively scanned. The next cautious offensive is Hoffenheim. But Kehlet fouls after a header duel a foul against Szalai.
1st minute: Also this premiere have checked off the 1899s the same time: Szalai is after a few seconds for the first time in paragraph. Ball possession now for Donetsk.
1 minute: kick-off! The TSG Hoffenheim, all in white, has the ball – and suggests the chapter Champions League.
18:54: On the ranks it's rustic to: First Böller be detonated.
6:52 pm: And now it starts. The teams come on the lawn of the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv.
18:41: His lineup defends Nagelsmann in an interview with Sky. "The guys are in a good mood," he says – despite defeat in Dusseldorf.
18.40 clock: Julian Nagelsmann takes the debut in any case seriously. One recognizable feature is the outfit. The coach of the TSG stands in fine thread on the lawn. More specifically, in shirt and vest.
6:20 pm: By the way, the party is a Dane whistling. Also for Jakob Kehlet from Aarhus, the evening is the premiere in the Champions League group stage. So far, he had only been used in the CL qualifier. Most recently in the third round of the season 17/18 in the 1-0 Legia Warsaw on the FC Astana.
6:16 pm: Meanwhile, there is a returnee from the hospital on the Hoffenheim bank. Kerem Demirbay is at least back in the squad after his outbreak. For a start-up assignment it is enough for the Confed Cup winner 2017 but obviously not yet.
18.10 clock: One of the main features of the team is the view of Shakhtar's starter: five Ukrainians, four Brazilians and one Brasilo-Ukrainist are offered tonight. The only exception in this round is center-back Davit Khocholava – he is a Georgian international.
Shakhtar against Hoffenheim: Lineups are here – coaches trust their team from the weekend
18:05: Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca does it the same Nagelsmann: On the lawn this evening is the Shakhtar team, which was allowed to play last Saturday in the league league game against FK Oleksandria. Small difference – Fonsecas Mannen won the away game 2-0 in the away game.
17:58: Now the lineups are there. Julian Nagelsmann trusts 1: 1 of those Elf who had lost in Düsseldorf at the weekend.
17:47: We expect the lineups of the teams in about 10 minutes. It is already clear: The new additions Joshua Brenet and Ishak Belfodil will not be in the squad of Hoffenheim. Both are "nominated due to a disciplinary action", as TSG sports chief Alexander Rosen had betrayed on Tuesday.
5:45 pm: Another Fun-Fact to indicate in front of the TV: Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest coach of the Champions League history tonight. The coach of Hoffenheim is 31 years and 58 days old. So far held the record of the Belarusian Wiktar Hantscharenka. Almost to the day exactly ten years ago, he completed his first CL match on the bank of BATE Baryssau – at the age of 31 years 99 days.
17:28: Donetsk against Hoffenheim … does not sound like really great Champions League glamor – but this is the first CL game this Wednesday night. And a game that could well promise footballing class. The skills of TSG are well known. Opponent Donetsk was after all UEFA Cup winner 2009 (then in the final against Werder), 2015/16 in the semi-finals of the Europa League – and 2010/11 was also already in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Fans of both clubs are still faced with banal geographic questions, as a Twitter video from TSG Hoffenheim proves …
– TSG Hoffenheim (@tsghoffenheim) September 19, 2018
To be on the safe side, we also want to unpack information about the locations of Donetsk and Kharkiv (where the ball rolls today): Both cities are located in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk only about 100 kilometers from the Russian border and about 110 kilometers north of the Black Sea coast. The situation in the megacity is still considered unstable. The game is played in Kharkiv, about 300 kilometers northwest, and at a safe distance from the core areas of the Ukraine conflict.
+++ Hello and welcome to our live ticker for the Champions League group match between Shakhtar Donetsk Donetsk and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The game kick-off at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv at 18.55. But we deliver in advance all important news and the lists of both teams.
Shakhtar Donetsk – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: debut in the premier class
Donetsk – Well then Champions League! After failing in the premier league qualifier at Liverpool last summer, TSG from Hoffenheim are now in the group stage of Europe's elite, thanks to a strong third in the Bundesliga. With Manchester City, Olympique Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk, the Kraichgauer faces heavy but attractive opponents. To kick off the team of coach Julian Nagelsmann to the supposedly weakest group opponent Donetsk.
But appearance is deceptive. After all, Donetsk dominated the Ukrainian league for almost three years at will. The leap into the round of 16 in the elapsed premier class season came not by chance. The team of coach Paulo Fonseca is known as an uncomfortable opponent, which is well staffed especially on the offensive. In addition, the Ukrainians are in a very good shape, in the league Donezk so far scored 21 out of 24 possible points.
From such a point yield Hoffenheim can currently only dream. After a bitter 1: 3 defeat to the Bundesliga kick-off against Bayern Munich followed by a 3-1 home win over SC Freiburg. Last weekend, then, the setback again: When promoted from Dusseldorf TSG lost 1: 2. Nagelsmann and his team have so far failed to build on the achievements of the preseason. To make matters worse, with Kevin Akpoguma, Kasim Adams, Dennis Geiger, Lukas Rupp, Nadiem Amiri and Kerem Demirbay, six top performers will be injured in the medium or long term. The omens for the Champions League could stand better.
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