Ten-man Hoffenheim suffer bitter defeat

TSG Hoffenheim were beaten 3-2 by Eintracht Frankfurt in an intense, high-quality and drama-laden match on Matchday 24 of the Bundesliga season. Goals from Joelinton and Ishak Belfodil either side of the break turned the game on its head after Rebic had opened the scoring for the Eagles, but Haller restored parity in the final minutes before Paciencia grabbed a winner deep into stoppage time. Nagelsmann's charges had been playing with 10 men since Kasim Adams was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 65th minute.

Personnel & tactics:

Despite the injury crisis brewing in the Hoffenheim camp, Julian Nagelsmann made hardly any changes to the starting XI with only Joshua Brenet replacing Pavel Kaderabek for the trip to Frankfurt. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was protected by a centre-back pairing of Kasim Adams and Stefan Posch, while Nico Schulz and Joshua Brenet occupied the wing-back berths. Florian Grillitsch started in the defensive midfield slot and often dropped back between the two centre-backs, while Kerem Demirbay and Nadiem Amiri formed the attacking midfield partnership and the front three consisted of Ishak Belfodil, Andrej Kramaric and Joelinton. Among the substitutes were Alexander Stolz, Reiss Nelson, David Otto and Adam Szalai, as well as the youngsters Alfons Amade, Nicolas Wähling and Moody Chana.

TSG demonstrated tactical flexibility from the off and repeatedly switched between a back three and four. But when Kerem Demirbay was forced off with a calf problem on the 37-minute mark and Adam Szalai was sent on in his stead, Julian Nagelsmann switched to a back four. From that point onwards, Grillitsch and Amiri played in central midfield in front of the defence, with Kramaric slightly ahead of them. Joelinton and Belfodil occupied the wing forward slots, with Szalai the sole striker in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Once Adams had been dismissed for two bookable offences, Grillitsch dropped back into central defence alongside Posch. Reiss Nelson replaced Ishak Belfodil on 78 minutes, with an injury forcing Amiri off five minutes later and Alfons Amade handed his Bundesliga debut by Nagelsmann. He is the first player from the TSG child prospects team to have made an appearance in the Bundesliga.

Moment of the match:

The dismissal of Kasim Adams. Rode played a pass in behind the Hoffenheim defence and Adams, who was already on a booking, brought down Haller. The referee immediately brandished a second yellow and sent him off. Down to 10 men, TSG could not defend their 2-1 lead.

Number of the game:

16 – that's how many minutes Bundesliga debutant Alfons Amade got on the pitch given the eight minutes of stoppage time. The 19-year-old has been at the club since 2009.

Match highlights


N'Dicka meets a Rode free-kick with a close-range header that sails narrowly wide of the Hoffenheim goal.


Kostic strikes a powerful free kick at goal that takes a heavy deflection off Rebic's head and wrongfoots Baumann. Eintracht have the lead.


Brenet whips a low cross into the box that Szalai perfectly back-flicks into the path of Joelinton, who slots home from close range at the back post. A super goal by TSG!


Schulz receives an excellent pass from Amiri and drives into the Frankfurt penalty area but his shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Trapp, who denies Szalai seconds later.


Adam Szalai unleashes a long-range thunderbolt that smashes against the crossbar. A spectacular shot.


Belfodil perfectly plucks a lofted cross-field ball from Adams out of the air before cutting into the box and beating Trapp with a low shot.


Adams fouls Haller and is shown a second yellow card.


Baumann makes a brilliant flying save to deny Kostic from a free-kick.


Hasebe has a pop - but Baumann superbly pushes the ball over the goal. Shortly afterwards, Gacinovic spurns a huge chance from close range.


TSG are unable to withstand the pressure and Haller heads home a Gacinovic cross to make it 2-2.

90 + 6

Paciencia heads home a Haller cross to make it 3-2.

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