TSG Hoffenheim continues the negative series at FSV Mainz 05

TSG Hoffenheim is increasingly gambling away its good starting position in the fight for the premier league in the Bundesliga. The team coached by Sebastian Hoeneß lost 0-2 (0-0) at home strong FSV Mainz 05 and thus conceded their fourth competitive defeat in a row.

TSG, shaken by personnel problems, dominated the game for long stretches, but were too negligent with their top-class chances in front of the opposing goal. Jae-Sung Lee (79′) and Moussa Niakhate (83′, penalty) scored for Bo Svensson’s Mainz team, who have been unbeaten in seven league games in their own stadium and moved up to the Kraichgau team in the table.

Hoeneß took the setbacks in advance calmly. This is “part of the maturing process, but also part of the Bundesliga, which is extremely tight,” he said.

Nevertheless, in front of 6800 fans, it was TSG that got off to a much better start. Hoffenheim, who had been in the Champions League just a few weeks ago, started powerfully, forced the Mainz defense to make mistakes and appeared dangerous on the offensive. A header from Georginio Rutter (4th) landed on the post.

Mainz, where Svensson was back on the bench after his yellow card suspension, slowly fought their way into the game and repeatedly involved TSG in duels. Danger arose when U21 European champion Jonathan Burkardt was able to show his pace. First the FSV attacker was offside when he was hit (15′), later he headed the ball just over the goal (29′).

TSG Hoffenheim missed the best chances

While the Rheinhessen made the game more and more open, Hoffenheim lost the initial momentum. Only when Munas Dabbur headed the ball (32′) did the guests call in front of FSV keeper Robin Zentner’s goal before the break.

Only in the second half did TSG build on the strong start, but missed the best chances. Dabbur hit the post (46′), and Andrej Kramaric (47′) flicked the ball just wide. On the other side, Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann reacted strongly to a long-range shot by Anton Stach (52nd).

An open game developed with opportunities on both sides. As in the first half, Mainz found their way back into the game with a high level of intensity – and missed the lead through Karim Onisiwo (67th). Almost in return, TSG professional Angelo Stiller (68th) headed just wide. Substitute Lee, on the other hand, stayed cold in front of Baumann, and Niakhate converted safely from the point.


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