Bundesliga, 23rd matchday
In a hard-fought game between Union Berlin and TSG Hoffenheim, there is no winner in the end. The game begins with one blow for the guests – who then find their way back into the game.
No winner in the first Sunday game of the 23rd matchday. Union Berlin and the TSG Hoffenheim parted in a contested game 1: 1 (1: 1) and thus enter the Bundesliga largely on the spot. Max Kruse (9th, penalty) gave the hosts the lead, Nico Schlotterbeck (29th, own goal) then ensured the final score. The supposed TSG winning goal by Pavel Kaderabek (82nd) did not survive the offside test.
The capitals remained in the table with 34 points in seventh place. “We are very satisfied,” said Union captain Christopher Trimmel at DAZN. “We were discouraged for too long after conceding the goal, for us it’s about staying up. If we are sure, we’ll see.”
Union struck coldly
Hoffenheim showed a good reaction three days after the frustrating end in the Europa League against Molde FK and remained undefeated in the third league game in a row. With 27 points, however, the team of coach Sebastian Hoeneß is still in the no man’s land of the league, reports of a replacement of Hoeneß were rejected by the club during the game.
Union initially left the initiative to the guests, but hit it cold with the first chance. After a cross from Kruse into the penalty area, Florian Grillitsch brought Union captain Christopher Trimmel off his feet. With a slight delay in the run-up, Kruse skilfully put the penalty kick into the corner. It was the fourth of five penalties that the ex-international scored in the current season.
Hoffenheim got stronger and stronger
Hoffenheim reacted with a lot of anger in the stomach and within a few minutes had good chances through Ihlas Bebou, Grillitsch and Christoph Baumgartner. But with luck and keeper Loris Karius, who was between the posts for the third time in a row, the hosts were able to prevent the equalizer.
After almost half an hour, the resistance was broken: young professional Marco John sent Andrej Kramaric down, the Croat pulled the ball in front of the sideline, and Schlotterbeck falsified in a duel with Bebou into his own goal. Hoffenheim remained the superior team, performed very dynamically and with great speed.
Bebou gives top chance to win
Union manager Oliver Ruhnert demanded a significant increase in performance at halftime. Coach Fischer also reacted, making three substitutions up to the 63rd minute. Union also showed more offensive will in the second round, but the hosts were rarely able to provide real danger in front of the Hoffenheim goal.
Hoffenheim also remained vigilant, still lurking for opportunities, but did not invest as much in the game as they did before the 0: 1. Both teams temporarily shifted down a gear. In the 75th minute, TSG had the lead on their feet when Bebou appeared alone in front of Union keeper Karius, but the ball pulled past the far post.