1899 Hoffenheim has expanded its winning streak against FC Augsburg and said goodbye with a 2-1 (0-0) in the international break. Two minutes after his substitution, Reiss Nelson scored in the 84th minute for the acclaimed winning goal in front of 27,009 spectators in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena and enabled the Champions League club on Saturday the fourth Bundesliga victory in succession.
Alfred Finnbogason (69th minute) had previously equalized the lead of Andrej Kramaric (65th). In the table, Hoffenheim climbed to fifth place, at least until Sunday, Augsburg is still on a midfield.
Three days after the 2-2 in Lyon TSG had to compete without the toe-injured Florian Grillitsch. In the last of seven competitive games, coach Julian Nagelsmann decided within 21 days for a 4-3-3 with Leonardo Bittencourt and Kerem Demirbay alongside Havard Nordveit in central midfield. In the front row, Joelinton, Adam Szalai and Kramaric were swirling and did well in the opening minutes of the game with promising scenes. But the inaccuracies in the final pass and in the final, which at the beginning were still to be excused, continued throughout the first half.
That's why Nagelsmann often turned to his bank in frustration with his arms outstretched. Although Szalai did not miss the best chance in the 42nd minute when he passed a combination of Demirbay and Nico Schulz from a few yards down the far corner. But with a bit more concentration, Joelinton could have provided a goal before and after (7-16 / 45).
Despite the game control of the hosts, FC Augsburg, with its unaltered starting line-up, came into dangerous rooms again and again. The Swabians, in whom the ailing Michael Gregoritsch played only in the final quarter of an hour for the injured Caiuby, but their opportunities even more wasteful than 1899. After 15 minutes, Caiuby put a header near the goal, then targeted Finnbogason not well enough (25) and after all, it was Ja-Cheol Koo who did not take his chance (38). However, FCA coach Manuel Baum was really annoyed with the inaccurately played counter-attacks, which allowed Hoffenheim's defensive team to play their way through the ball in the last row.
Significantly then that the Hoffenheim leadership fell immediately after a missed opportunity of the Augsburger. After Finnbogasons post hit the ball came a few seconds later to Kramaric, who had to press the ball after strong preliminary work by Joelinton from close range only over the line. The jubilation was not over yet, but Finnbogason was already out. The pass from Marco Richter came in the perfect moment and the Icelandic national lifted the ball thoughtfully over Oliver Baumann into the goal of the hosts. When everything pointed to a draw, Nagelsmann brought his top scorer – and Reiss Nelson did not disappoint. For the British, the 2: 1 was already the sixth goal of the season.