Inaouirou Ahamada must have been sitting in the cabin like a heap of misery. After the strange yellow-red card for the French midfielder in the 78th minute, the VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday evening in the Bundesliga, the equalizer to 2: 2 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The 20-year-old received the second warning for unsportsmanlike conduct, because when he was celebrating after captain Wataru Endo scored the opening goal, he climbed onto the stairs in front of the away block and cheered with the VfB fans. After all, he had prepared the gate.
“The rule is there, so yellow-red is correct. He’s a young player, it was a bit of inattention on his part,” said sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth with mild forbearance. “Of course it was also a piece of the puzzle for us having to accept the equalizer in the end. That will never happen to him again.” Particularly bitter: Frenchman Ahamada received his first yellow card for complaining. He is missing from VfB this Friday (8.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at DAZN) at the start of the second half of the season at RB Leipzig.
Trainer Bruno Labbadia had “not even noticed” the reason for Ahamada’s dismissal and had to be clarified by the fourth official. Labbadia did not want to blame the player, he was more sorry: “We are dealing with a very young person: If you saw him in the cabin, how he was on the ground … mistakes are part of it.” inexperienced unlucky raven had seen his first yellow card for complaining.
Hoffenheim In any case, they used the superior number against their national rivals and equalized in the fourth minute of injury time with the second goal from Croatian World Cup third-placed Andrej Kramaric. “It’s very bitter. With the red card, the game tilts a bit. If we don’t get them, I think we’ll leave the pitch as winners,” said substitute VfB professional Chris Führich in a Sky interview. In between, Serhou Guirassy had equalized for the relegation-threatened Stuttgart.
Even goalkeeper Florian Müller couldn’t believe that the Swabians’ first away win in more than a year didn’t work out. Especially since VfB would then have drawn level with Hoffenheim on points. “That would have been an absolute big point today. We fought, it’s brutally bitter and extremely annoying,” he complained.