TSG Hoffenheim has improved their strong start to the season and is right on target with nine points after four Bundesliga matches. The Kraichgauer won 1-0 (1-0) against FC Augsburg.
Dennis Geiger scored the decisive goal (38th). “We have to concentrate on our strengths, then we can do a lot,” said the TSG winner skymicrophone and dared to give an outlook for the season – but he dampened the emerging euphoria in the Kraichgau: “Only four games have been played.”
The FCA with their new coach Enrico Maassen, on the other hand, only have three points and come under pressure early on. In front of 17,206 spectators in Sinsheim, the hosts determined what happened in the early stages. Grischa Prömel (7th) and the Croatian top striker Andrej Kramaric (10th) were unable to take advantage of the first good chances.
After that, Hoffenheim, who had to do without Ihlas Bebou, Ermin Bicakcic, Benjamin Hübner and Stanley Nsoki, let up for no apparent reason. The previously harmless Augsburg got into the game better and set a few accents on the offensive.
In the middle of the first half, the encounter hardly had any highlights to offer. Both teams lacked the pace and creativity. The game degenerated into a bore in this phase. Only in the 26th minute did Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter cause some danger again.
Hoffenheim is pushing for a preliminary decision – FCA under pressure
Augsburg, who were missing Reece Oxford, Felix Uduokhai, Andre Hahn, Niklas Dorsch, Noah Sarenren Bazee and Tobias Strobl, mostly defended skillfully despite their personal problems. The Hoffenheim offensive hardly achieved anything.
That changed fundamentally after almost 40 minutes. Midfielder Geiger skillfully completed a strong TSG attack after the Dane Robert Skov. With the goal, Hoffenheim punished the passivity of the guests over long stretches of the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, TSG pushed for the preliminary decision. However, coach Andre Breitenreiter’s team was too careless with their opportunities.
On the other hand, Maaßen gave a new impetus after just under an hour. The coach replaced his pale strikers Ermedin Demirovic and Ricardo Pepi with Florian Niederlechner and Ruben Vargas.
The measure did not bring short-term success, but the FCA offensive was revived somewhat. Basically, Hoffenheim were closer to a goal in the second half than Augsburg.
TSG Hoffenheim – FC Augsburg: The coaches’ voices
Andre Breitenreiter (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “It was a well-deserved victory for my team. We didn’t stand a chance against us. Overall I’m very happy. It was a very valuable win, we’ve established ourselves at the top.”
Enrico Maaßen (FC Augsburg coach): “I saw a balanced game. Hoffenheim’s chances were better. That’s why the win is okay. But we still played a good game.”
TSG Hoffenheim – FC Augsburg: The data for the game
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kabak, Vogt, Akpoguma – Skov (62nd Kaderabek), Geiger (62nd Rudy), Angelino – Prömel, Baumgartner (72nd Dabbur) – Rutter (80th Bruun Larsen), Kramaric (80th Samassekou). – Trainer: Broad Rider
augsburg: Gikiewicz – Bauer, Gouweleeuw, Iago – Rexhbecaj – Framberger (77th Petkov), Pedersen – Arne Maier (77th Caligiuri), Jensen (80th Gruezo) – Pepi (56th Niederlechner), Demirovic (56th Vargas). – Coach: Maassen
Goal: 1-0 Geiger (39th)
yellow cards: Kabak (2) – Farmer (2)