Dhe TSG Hoffenheim has kept the small hope for a Champions League knockout at the last minute. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann fought at Olympique Lyon on Wednesday night after a 0-2 deficit to the break, although a 2: 2. The Kraichgauer but must now win after the fourth winless group match against Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City and hope for a slip-up of the French.
World champions Nabil Fekir (19 minutes) and Tanguy Ndombelé (28) met for Lyon, Andrej Kramaric (65) and Pavel Kaderabek (90 + 2) for the Bundesliga club. A phased strong performance gave the Hoffenheims a 2: 2 in front of 53,850 spectators, but the TSG has to wait further for their first victory in the premier class. After a yellow-red card for Kasim Adams (51) Hoffenheim was also long outnumbered
"At halftime, you have no choice but to go out at full throttle and show mentality. At the end of the day, it was a strong fight of the mentality and the appearance in the second half, "said central defender Ermin Bicakcic at DAZN.
Bold Hoffenheimers get two stupid goals
The Kraichgauer played as announced from the beginning courageously forward and were clearly superior in the initial phase. Lyon acted with restraint and with much respect. The class attack of the French with world champion Fekir, who had missed in the first leg still injured, and Memphis Depay came at the beginning rarely dangerous actions. Especially on the left side with young internationals Nico Schulz and Kramaric Hoffenheim was dangerous again and again. But the TSG was not able to convert the good initial phase into countables – on the contrary:
After 20 minutes, a long-range shot from strong Ferland Mendy clapped to the inside post, the strong keeper Oliver Baumann was able to parry two extra shots. However, Fekir was on the fourth attempt and poked the ball over the line. The bitter setback seemed the TSG but good wegzustecken. Ishak Belfodil (24) and Schulz with a shot on the outside net three minutes later had chances to 1: 1. But it got even worse for the Bundesliga Seventh: After a counterattack Ndombelé was completely free in the back room, defensive boss Kevin Vogt faked his shot from the goal. The French moved more and more frequently their fast switching game on, in the defense of the Kraichgauer prevailed regularly alarm. Especially right-back Adams had problems.
The TSG defensive once again presented itself as too green for European top level. The low hopes of the guests for a point win received six minutes after the break another damper. Adams once again had problems with the fast Fekir and saw the yellow-red card after his next foul.
In a side goal by Jason Denayer after the following free kick Hoffenheim was lucky. When the guests seemed to have almost given up, the connection hit fell from nowhere. Keeper Anthony Lopes was powerless after a strong ball from Schulz on Kramaric low shot into the left corner. And Hoffenheim continued to outnumber and was rewarded: In injury time Kaderabek headed to 2: 2.