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09.15.2018

Late defeat in Düsseldorf

TSG Hoffenheim lost their away match to promoted side Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-2. Reiss Nelson equalised on behalf of TSG to offer them temporary reprieve, but Dodi Lukebakio converted from the spot shortly before time to decide the game.

PERSONNEL AND TACTICS

Julian Nagelsmann opted to make three changes to the side that had recorded a 3-1 home win over SC Freiburg. Kasim Adams and Bicakcic were not in the starting eleven due to injury. The two defenders were replaced by Havard Nordtvelt and Stefan Posch. The two new introductions were complemented by Kevin Vogt to build a back three in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. The wing back positions were taken up by Pavel Kaderabek and Nico Schulz.

Julian Nagelsmann played Florian Grillitsch in midfield as well as Leonardo Bittencourt and Andrej Kramaric either side of him. The World Cup runner up came in for Steven Zuber in the starting formation. The team was completed by the two attacking players Adam Szalai and Joelinton.

TSG made two substitutions early on in the second half. Ishak Belfodil and Steven Zuber were sent on for Joelinton and Leonardo Bittencourt in one-for-one swaps. Furthermore, Englishman Reiss Nelson was to celebrate his debut. The new signing replaced Stefan Posch.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The goal for 1-1. Reiss Nelson shot from a half-left position and scored a goal in his first appearance wearing TSG colours, having played just 14 minutes in the Bundesliga.

THE GAME IN NUMBERS: 2

Two players, Ishak Belfodil and Reiss Nelson, were celebrating their debut for TSG in the Bundesliga.

 

Match highlights

9

A big chance to take the lead after an excellent attack down the right-hand side. Kaderabek's cross reaches Joelinton, but the striker heads the ball over the crossbar. There was more to be had there.

24

This time it is Szalai who has a chance to put TSG ahead. However, his headed effort is over.

28

A huge chance for Düsseldorf out of nowhere. Ayhan gets his head on the end of a free-kick unmarked, but Oliver Baumann is able to claim the ball.

29

At the other end of the pitch, Kramaric has a chance to put TSG a goal up virtually on the counter. His shot from around 20 metres out is put over the bar by Michael Rensing using the tips of his fingers.

32

Joelinton demonstrates his quality to force his way through down the right-hand side and sees that Kramaric is standing alone at the back post. However, the striker doesn't connect with the ball cleanly and shoots wide.

45

Alfredo Morales pops up unmarked in the centre after a cross from Zimmerman and heads Düsseldorf into the lead. Baumann has no chance.

55

Sobottka latches onto a free-kick with his head, but Baumann parries safely.

80

Grillitsch tries his luck from 20 metres out and hits the crossbar. Rensing was beaten there.

82

A cross from the left finds its way through to Lukebakio, but the striker meets only with the crossbar from a short distance out.

86

Reiss Nelson scores immediately on his debut appearance. Schulz plays on the new signing in the 18-yard box and the attacking player is clinical in front of goal.

88

Lukebakio converts from the spot after a foul by Kevin Vogt. Baumann goes the right way, but is unable to get to the ball.

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