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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 1. FC Köln 1: 3: Effzeh ends Hoffenheim’s winning streak



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Ironically, TSG Hoffenheim missed the preliminary decision in the relegation battle against their previous favorite opponent. The Kraichgauers lost 1:3 (0:2) against the strong 1. FC Köln on the 29th match day of the Bundesliga and have to worry about staying up in the league again.

Florian Kainz (18th) with a hand penalty, Davie Selke (39th) and Jan Thielmann (90th + 2) scored for the Cologne team, who, after 13 league games without a win, were able to win against the Kraichgauer again for the first time since April 2015. Kasper Dolberg (90+4) scored the consolation goal for the hosts.

With the three, FC increased their lead over Hoffenheim to six points. After the strong intermediate spurt with 10 points from four games, TSG suffered a severe setback.

Shortly before kick-off, both teams had to adjust to a change in the referee team. The only 27-year-old Robin Braun (Wuppertal) made his first appearance in the Bundesliga as a referee. Braun, who was actually intended to be the 4th official, had to replace Benjamin Brand (Unterspiesheim), who had suffered an allergic reaction.

The 30,150 spectators in the sold-out Sinsheimer Arena, including around 7,000 FC fans, saw an entertaining game at high speed in the first few minutes. Kainz caused danger for the first time with a shot in the 11th minute.

Jan Thielmann with decision for Cologne

After that it became difficult for referee Braun. Only after studying the video did he rightly decide to give Cologne a penalty. TSG defense chief John Anthony Brooks had blocked a shot by Linton Maina with his hand. Kainz converted confidently.

Even after the goal, the guests remained the more dangerous side in a game of extremely high intensity. Selke failed with a header to Oliver Baumann (32′), shortly afterwards the striker overcame the TSG goalkeeper – who, like defender Kevin Akpoguma, did not cut a good figure.

At the beginning of the second half, the hosts pushed for the connection. Angelinho fired a first warning shot (48′), Ihlas Bebou missed in a promising position (50′). In the 57th minute, Andrej Kramaric was also unable to execute, the same applied to Christoph Baumgartner (61st).

After the Cologne side had survived this phase, they controlled the game again from the 65th minute. Substitute Steffen Tigges missed the preliminary decision (74th). Thielmann then made everything clear.

TSG Hoffenheim – 1. FC Cologne: The voices

Pellegrino Matarazzo (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “We started the game okay, the big break came after we conceded. The first half didn’t live up to our expectations. In the second half we didn’t have enough power to turn the game around, we made the wrong decisions too often.”

Steffen Baumgart (Coach 1. FC Cologne): “It was a good performance for 90 minutes. The first half was very good. In the second half it was an open exchange of blows. It wasn’t an undeserved win, and we’re very happy to take it with us.”

TSG Hoffenheim – 1. FC Cologne: The line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann – Vogt, Brooks, Akpoguma (67th Skov) – Kaderabek, Geiger (73rd Rudy), Angelino (80th Dolberg) – Kramaric, Becker (46th Dabbur) – Bebou, Baumgartner (73rd Bishop).

Cologne: Schwäbe – Schmitz (Kilian 89), Hübers, Chabot, Hector – Skhiri, Martel – Maina (Huseinbasic 80), Kainz (Schindler 79), Ljubicic (Thielmann 62) – Selke (Tigges 62).

TSG Hoffenheim – 1. FC Cologne: The data of the game

Gates: 0: 1 Kainz (18th, penalty after video evidence), 0: 2 Selke (39th), 0: 3 Thielmann (90th + 2), 1: 3 Dolberg (90th + 4)

Yellow cards: Brooks (4) – Selke (2), Swabian