TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has greatly renewed its history in the European Cup. Coach Sebastian Hoeneß’s team won the second match of the Europa League group stage at KAA Gent with 4: 1 (1: 0).
Kraichgauer celebrated their highest victory and first away win in their 16th match on the international stage. «I am very happy with this clear and deserved victory. The boys implemented the match plan optimally, ”said the 38-year-old head coach after the good performance in Belgium, which was hit hard by the Corona crisis.
Ishak Belfodil with a converted penalty (minute 36), the outstanding Florian Grillitsch (52 °) as well as the Joker Mijat Gacinovic (73 °) and Munas Dabbur (90 ° + 4) scored the goals for the Bundesliga club. Former Heidenheimer Tim Kleindienst scored 1: 3 (90 ° + 3). TSG extended their lead in group L with a brave appearance.
In the second success in the second game after the 2: 0 start against Roter Stern Belgrade, Hoffenheim was also able to thank Oliver Baumann. The goalkeeper repelled a Roman Yaremchuk penalty in the 14th minute. The game took place in the empty Ghelamco Arena. In terms of population, Belgium is one of the European Union countries most affected by the pandemic, along with the Czech Republic.
The Hoffenheimers have taken another step towards their grand goal of spending the winter in international competition for the third time. Against the tables-13. The Jupiler Pro League put Hoeneß in the attack on Belfodil, Ihlas Bebou and Robert Skov after forward Andrej Kramaric is still in quarantine.
At the 2015 Belgian champions, ex-Heidenheimer Niklas Dorsch, trained at FC Bayern, impressed. Former second division club scorer Kleindienst only arrived in the 69th minute, and was allowed to perpetuate himself as a top scorer in the statistics.
In the midst of their concentrated and safe combination opening phase, the Hoffenheim side had to accept a penalty: Stefan Posch knocked down Yaremchuk, but the Ukrainian forward missed from the point on the strong TSG goalkeeper Baumann.
Sebastian Rudy and Grillitsch, in particular, led the game against Wim De Decker’s team, who are already Ghent’s third manager in this troubled season. As KAA staggered more and more, Bebou missed a huge opportunity (28) before Belfodil converted his penalty. It was a very special moment for the Algerian international striker after a long period of suffering with a cruciate ligament operation.
Grillitsch made it 2-0 after the break after a terrific combination. The Austrian international was quick to leave the stadium against Belgrade at halftime to be there for the birth of his daughter. Former Frankfurt Gacinovic then made it clear with a beautiful shot to make it 3-0, before two late shots were scored.
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