The fight against relegation from the Bundesliga: Hoffenheim deceived Hertha

IOn the 15th try, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim won the Bundesliga again and got their new coach Pellegrino Matarazzo out of the limelight, at least for a while. On Saturday, Kraichgauer won the relegation candidates against Hertha 3-1 (2-0). They left last place in the table and moved to 15th place. For the Berliners, the situation after the 25th round is again more than shaky: the capital club slipped into the relegation zone and showed a disappointing game.

In front of 25,027 spectators, the last despised World Cup striker Andrej Kramaric first with a hand (24th minute) and then a penalty (37th) and Ikhlas Bebou (51st) with his goals for the first victory as Matarazzo after five defeats . TSG last won 3-0 at Schalke 04 on 14 October. It was also the first threesome this year.

Hoffenheim striker Munas Dabbur accomplished the feat of seeing a red card just two minutes after being substituted. He hit substitute Dodi Lukebakio from behind in the calf (71st). Stevan Jovetić scored 1-3 in the second minute of stoppage time.

Hertha hardly started with attacking moves

Hertha has admitted its tenth away bankruptcy this season. A few days after the presentation of the new investor 777 Partner, who brings with him 100 million euros, remains in the class is still in the balance. Due to the unstable situation in both clubs, children from the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis youth fire brigade in red helmets ran in before the match.

Matarazzo could rely on defender Kevin Vogt, who was the last to be injured, and playmaker Christoph Baumgartner after being suspended due to a yellow card. Croatian Kramaric, who was not allowed to play a single minute in the last defeat in Freiburg, this time also got into the starting line-up – and immediately in the spotlight. A few minutes later, the 31-year-old football player brought Pavel Kaderabek to a promising position for a shot. Cech took the ball past the goal. Kramarić himself missed Vogt’s long and accurate ball when he hit the strong Hertha goalkeeper Oliver Christensen.

Shortly thereafter, Tolga Çigerçi raised both hands in an aerial fight and a headbutt from former Hertha player John Brooks landed on his arm. Kramarić converted the due penalty with a chip in the center of the goal, making the score 1:0. When Filip Uremovich then knocked out TSG striker Ikhlas Bebow, referee Frank Willenborg awarded another penalty. This time Kramarik sank the skin in the right corner.

Although Berlin coach Sandro Schwarz was absent from training due to a gastrointestinal infection, he was sidelined at Sinsheimer Stadium. The 44-year-old had to briefly miss out on Marc Oliver Kempf (thigh injury) and Marton Dardai (muscle problems). His team almost did not enter into offensive operations during the first half.

Shortly after the restart, Hertha demanded a penalty: Robert Skov received the ball from a Lukebakio header. Willenborg just took a corner. Bebu then deceived the Berlin defense and marked the score 3-0 with a low blow. Even after that, Hertha did not give the fans who were traveling with them a reason to hope that something could still be won that day, even if Jovetić reduced the gap to 1:3. The Hoffenheim fans sang rapturously: “TSG, TSG is back.”

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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