TSG Hoffenheim is marching towards the top of the Bundesliga table this season. There was a 4-1 (0-0) win against FSV Mainz 05.
Andrej Kramaric was relieved. The forward received a special hug from his team-mates, then the Croatian star willingly signed autographs and took selfies with fans. After three home defeats against FSV in a row, the Kraichgauer won 4:1 (0:0) against Mainz, who had been outnumbered for a long time. Kramaric scored once but also missed a penalty. In the end, however, the afternoon was saved for the 31-year-old.
“The red card was the sticking point, after that our footballing quality came into play,” emphasized Christoph Baumgartner on Sky. The good place in the table is a snapshot, it’s still early in the season: “But our demands internally are very high and we’re basically in a very good mood.”
Kramaric (53rd), Grischa Prömel (69th), Munas Dabbur (80th) and Pavel Kaderabek (90th + 2) scored for Hoffenheim, who won all three home games of the young season – such a series at the start of a season has never existed in the Kraichgau before.
Mainz’s Alexander Hack was sent off due to an emergency brake (41′). As a result, Kramaric missed his second penalty (44th) of the current season.
FSV sports director Martin Schmidt struggled with the course of the game on Sky: “We could have or even had to take the lead. After the 0: 1, the opponent was too strong with one man more. For us it is important that we are in the next games reward.”
The perfect series came to an end for FSV, who had won all three of their away games so far this season. Coach Bo Svensson, who had never lost to TSG either as a player or as a coach, has to find a new favorite opponent. Dominik Kohr’s goal (83rd) didn’t change that.
The 20,114 spectators in Sinsheim, including national coach Hansi Flick, saw strong Mainzers at the beginning. TSG had already received two yellow cards after ten minutes, and after a hard foul by Kevin Akpoguma, Jonathan Burkhardt had to be replaced in the twelfth minute with a tibia injury. Delano Burgzorg replaced Burkhardt.
The substitution of the most conspicuous player caused a break in the Mainz game. Hoffenheim took control after 15 minutes.
Shortly thereafter, events took a turn for the worse. Hack saw the red card from referee Daniel Schlager (Hügelsheim) after an emergency brake on Hoffenheim attacker Georginio Rutter. There was also a penalty after video evidence. Svensson was cautioned for complaining – and Kramaric put the ball wide of the goal from the point.
After about an hour, the Mainz team put everything on one card and played offensively, despite being outnumbered. That was promptly punished.
TSG Hoffenheim – FSV Mainz 05: The data for the game
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kabak, Vogt, Akpoguma (46th Nsoki) – Kaderabek, Geiger (70th Rudy), Skov (75th Angelino) – Prömel, Baumgartner (84th Stiller) – Rutter, Kramaric (70th Dabbur). – Trainer: Broad Rider
Mainz: Zentner – Bell, Alexander Hack, Leitsch – Kohr – Widmer, Martin (75th Caci) – Barreiro (64th Fernandes), Fulgini (64th Lee) – Onisiwo, Burkardt (14th Burgzorg, 46th Tauer). – Coach: Svensson
Referee: Daniel Schlager (Hügelsheim)
Gates: 1-0 Kramaric (53′), 2-0 Prömel (69′), 3-0 Dabbur (80′), 3-1 Kohr (83′), 4-1 Kaderabek (90’+2′)
Red cards: – Alexander Hack (41.)
Special occurrences: Kramaric (TSG Hoffenheim, 44.) Penalty missed