TSG Hoffenheim has ended its results crisis and gained important self-confidence. Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team, who had fallen behind in the meantime, scored a fully deserved 3:1 (0:1) win against 1 FC Nuremberg in the Bundesliga. 18-year-old Reiss Nelson played a big part with two goals after three recent defeats in the compulsory games.
Club captain Hanno Behrens first scored a penalty in the 18th minute and put the host in the lead. Hoffenheim, however, dictated the action with increasing duration, and the English youngster Nelson (50th and 57th) also expressed his superiority in goals. Adam Szalai (67th) increased the score to 3:1 for the strong Nagelsmann team in the second round.
With now ten points, the Champions League starter has left the lower third of the table and can look forward confidently to the premier class duel with Olympique Lyon on Tuesday. After the last away clapping at Borussia Dortmund (0:7) and RB Leipzig (0:6), Nuremberg lost their first home game and was far inferior.
Nagelsmann had hoped that the break due to the international game would help his stricken team. The 31-year-old had recognized a “dangerous situation” which represented a “great challenge” for him. However, the Kraichgau team initially got themselves into trouble again against the Nuremburg team, which was geared towards counterattacks.
After a solo attempt by club goalscorer Mikael Ishak (2.) was not crowned with success, Hoffenheim’s defender Kasim Adams gave the Franken a penalty shot with an unnecessary push against Virgil Misidjan.
FCN owed the fact that the lead lasted into the break to their goalkeeper Christian Mathenia. The 26-year-old had scored for the unfortunate Fabian Bredlow, who scored a total of 13 goals in Dortmund and Leipzig. Hoffenheim’s Croatian vice world champion Andrej Kramaric (23rd, 25th, 31st) found his champion three times in Mathenia.
The Nagelsmann eleven had as so often in the past weeks optical advantages, but in the first half not the necessary consequence in the conclusion. Even six changes in the starting eleven didn’t cause a reversal at first, after Ishak Belfodil and Joshua Brenet (both gastrointestinal infections) had dropped out at short notice.
At the club, on the other hand, the battered Swede Ishak was there despite his muscular problems, but only lasted until the 41st minute. Coach Köllner had given his eleven a rather tight defensive corset, from which the promoted player only broke out in Hoffenheimer ball losses.
In the second section, however, the TSG developed much more of a move to the goal, especially the lively Nelson was no longer to be provided by the club defense. With the goals, Hoffenheim’s safety also increased, while Nuremberg found no remedy. Big Thunder Slots has a good graphics and better games.