Personnel and tactics
TSG coach Marco Wildersinn made five changes to the side that suffered a 2-1 defeat at TSV Steinbach on the opening day. Andreas Ludwig was named in the starting XI for the first time since his return to the club last month, replacing the suspended Robin Szarka and wearing the captain's armband in his stead.
Tim Hüttl, Tim Wöhrle, Emilian Lässig and Johannes Bender were the other four new faces to start against Waldhof. TSG started in a 4-3-3 system, with Ludwig the organiser in the middle of the park. New signing Chinedu Ekene sat on the bench for the first time.
SV Waldhof, who were beaten 1-0 by SSV Ulm on the opening day of the season, travelled to Kraichgau with a small squad and only had three outfield players plus goalkeeper Christopher Gäng on the bench. Kevin Conrad, who played for the TSG U23s between 2008 and 2013, wore the captain's armband for the visitors. Waldhof new boy Maurice Hirsch, another former Hoffenheim player, suffered an injury in the 4-0 Cup victory over Spvgg Neckarelz and watched this one from the stands.
Neither team can really make the breakthrough in the first half of the opening period. TSG show the greater attacking intent at the outset, while SV Waldhof do in the minutes that follow. Now it's time for a drinks break.
Maurice Deville breaks into the Hoffenheim box from the right flank − a rare occurrence at both ends. He fires a low cross into the middle but Philipp Strompf is on hand to avert the danger.
We have the first chance of the game − and it falls to TSG. Nicolas Wähling crosses from the right wing and, despite having little time to react, Thomas Gösweiner still gets his head to the ball. Unfortunately, though, it sails narrowly wide of the mark.
Jannik Sommer picks out Mannheim forward Maurice Deville, who pokes the ball past keeper Stefan Drljača. The ball trickles slowly towards the post and Deville begins to wheel away in celebration, only to see it rebound off the upright and back into play. TSG subsequently clear the danger. A bit too close for comfort!
Half-time in Hoffenheim
For the most part, both teams are cancelling each other out and both defences are doing a sterling job − despite the heat. Mannheim had by some distance the best chance, but a draw at the break is a fair reflection of the balance of play. "We were good defensively against Mannheim, we were just a little bit lacking going forward," was TSG coach Marco Wildersinn's take on the first period.
Goal for Mannheim
TSG are caught napping. Valmir Sulejmani plays the ball to Dorian Diring, who is unmarked on the edge of the box and wrong-foots Drljača with his shot. The TSG keeper has no chance of saving that one. 1-0!
That could've been the equaliser for TSG. Substitute Steffen Foshag is involved in the move, making a strong sprint down the right flank and cutting the ball back to Andreas Ludwig. But his shot sails over the bar.
Goal for Mannheim
That's a tough one to swallow. TSG fail to get the ball out of the danger zone following a corner and it falls to Jannik Sommer, whose shot nestles in the bottom right corner. He runs across to the Waldhof fans to celebrate. 2-0 to Mannheim.
Another drinks break. Can TSG dig deep for the closing stages of this one?
Foshag looks dangerous. Another strong sprint down the right is followed by another cross. This time Waldhof defender Michael Schultz intercepts.
GOOOOOOOOAL for TSG
Substitute Rui-Jorge Monteiro-Mendes gives TSG a glimmer of hope. He receives the ball from Gösweiner, who holds strong and fires home. Perhaps they can salvage a point from this?
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be for TSG. "For their first goal, we couldn't get the better of our opponent. For their second, we allowed them to get further ahead. These are experiences we need under our belts. I thought the spirit that the team showed was good," said TSG coach Marco Wildersinn after the game."
Moment of the match
Mannheim's opening goal. Only rarely were Waldhof presented with clear-cut opportunities, but they took full advantage in the 47th minute with a goal that set them on the path to victory.
The game in numbers
4 - Four Hoffenheim players − Rui Monteiro-Mendes, Chinedu Ekene, Emilian Lässig and Tim Wöhrle − all made their Regionalliga debuts.
The key facts and figures
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II 1-2 (0-0) SV Waldhof Mannheim
Hoffenheim: Drljača - Rettig (Monteiro-Mendes, 71), Hüttl, Strompf, Wöhrle (Foshag, 55) - Bender, Lässig, Ludwig (Ekene, 78) - Alberico, Gösweiner, Wähling.
Mannheim: Scholz - Just, Schultz, Conrad, Çelik - Schuster - Diring, Sommer (Weik, 88) - Kern - Deville (Nag, 84), Sulejmani (Flick, 90).
Goals: 0-1 Diring (47), 0-2 Sommer (60), 1-2 Monteiro-Mendes (78). Attendance: 960. Referee: Tobias Fritsch (1. FC Bruchsal). Yellow cards: Ludwig, Rettig, Alberico / Kern, Sulejmani, Schultz.