TSG Hoffenheim defeated Hertha BSC in Bundesliga 3:1

TSG Hoffenheim defeated Hertha BSC in Bundesliga 3:1

In the 15th attempt, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim won again in the Bundesliga and took their new coach Pellegrino Matarazzo out of the criticism, at least for the time being. The Kraichgauer sat down on Saturday in a duel against the relegation candidates Hertha BSC with 3: 1 (2: 0) through. They left the last place in the table and jumped to 15th place. For the Berliners, the situation after the 25th matchday is once again more than precarious: the capital club slipped to the relegation place and offered a disappointing performance.

In front of 25,027 spectators, the recently despised World Cup striker provided Andrei Kramaric first by hand (24th minute) and then by penalty kick (37th) and Ihlas Bebou (51st) with their goals for the first win in Matarazzo’s tenure after five defeats. TSG last won 3-0 at Schalke 04 on October 14th. At the same time it was the first threesome this year. Hoffenheim Striker Munas Dabbur pulled off the feat of being shown a red card just two minutes after coming on. He had kicked substitute Dodi Lukebakio in the calf from behind (71st). Stevan Jovetic scored the 1:3 in the second minute of added time.

“The coach is doing sensationally well. Calm should return now,” said TSG offensive player Christoph Baumgartner afterwards, but sporting director Alexander Rosen continued to warn. “Of course I’m relieved. But that was just a game, that can only be the beginning.”

Hertha hardly started with offensive actions

Hertha conceded the tenth away bankruptcy this season. A few days after the presentation of the new investor 777 Partner, who brings 100 million euros with him, staying in the class is still in the balance. Appropriate to the precarious situation at both clubs, the running-in children came from the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis youth fire brigade before kick-off and wore red helmets.

Matarazzo was able to rely on defender Kevin Vogt, who was injured last, and on playmaker Christoph Baumgartner after serving a yellow card suspension. The Croatian Kramaric, who wasn’t allowed to play a minute in the last defeat in Freiburg, was also in the starting XI this time – and right away in the spotlight. The 31-year-old put Pavel Kaderabek in a promising shooting position after just a few minutes. The Czech maneuvered the ball past the goal. Kramaric himself missed a long and precise ball from Vogt when he shot the strong Hertha goalkeeper Oliver Christensen.

Shortly thereafter, Tolga Cigerci had both arms up in a dogfight, and former Hertha player John Brooks’ header jumped onto his hand. Kramaric converted the due penalty with a chip in the middle of the goal to make it 1-0. When Filip Uremovic then knocked out TSG attacker Ihlas Bebou, referee Frank Willenborg called for another penalty. This time, Kramaric sank the leather in the right corner.

Although Berlin’s coach Sandro Schwarz was absent in preparation due to a gastrointestinal infection, he was on the sidelines at the Sinsheimer Stadion. The 44-year-old had to do without Marc Oliver Kempf (hip injury) and Marton Dardai (muscular problems) for a short time. His team barely got into any offensive action throughout the first half.

Shortly after the restart, Hertha demanded a penalty kick: Robert Skov was handed the ball after a header from Lukebakio. Willenborg only gave a corner. Bebou then duped the Berlin defense and marked the 3:0 with a low shot. Even after that, Hertha gave the fans who were traveling with them no reason to hope that there was still something to be gained that day, even if Jovetic reduced the deficit to 1:3. The Hoffenheim fans sang enthusiastically: “TSG, TSG is back.”

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