Bundesliga Hoffenheim and Gladbach
As the Bundesliga match between Hoffenheim and Borussia Mochengladbach is over, with Gladbach won over Hoffenheim with 3 goals difference of 1-4. Looking for a victory in 2023, both teams clashed between them.
Christoph Baumgartner had the first chance for Hoffenheim on eight minutes when he collected Jonas Omlin’s shoot from the backend of the field, but he couldn’t shoot the goal over the goalkeeper as he dragged his shot wide.
Jonas Hoffman’s debut for club
Hofmann showed him how it was done shortly afterwards as Gladbach countered, with Lars Stindl spreading a brilliant cross-field ball over the home defence for Hofmann to chase past Oliver Baumann.
Baumgartner very nearly equalised straight away from the restart after rounding Omlin, but Ko Itakura scrambled back to clear off the line. Hofmann grabbed his second goal of the game before half-time, where he took a brilliant chance when John Brooks’ attempted for a free pass hit Stanley Nsoki. Pavel Kaderabek should have pulled a goal back for the hosts before the break but it was too bad he missed the shot only from 10 yards distance.
Hoffenheim had the next opening in the second half too, when Ihlas Bebou scampered clear down the right and crossed to the back post, where Munas Dabbur was lurking. He seemed set to score until Itakura threw himself in the way again, preventing the hosts from gaining a foothold in the game. Hofmann miscued a left-footed chance to get his hat-trick moments later, following good work from Marcus Thuram, with Stindl’s follow-up attempt blocked by Baumann.
The home side intensified their efforts in the closing stages and Andrej Kramaric fizzed a shot just wide of the post before Baumgartner hit the upright with a header. They were eventually rewarded when Baumgartner met a deep cross at the back post and headed it back across goal for Bebou to tap in from close range.
Any hopes of a comeback were quashed almost instantly though when Hofmann teed up Stindl to curl in from 10 yards, before Hannes Wolf added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time to put the seal on a much-needed win.
Hoffenheim will host Borussia Monchengladbach at the PreZero Arena on Saturday in another round of the German Bundesliga campaign.
The home side are struggling for form in the league at the moment after a fairly decent start to their season and now find themselves in the bottom half of the table. They played out a 2-2 home draw against Stuttgart in their last game, with Andrej Kramaric scoring an early opener and a late leveler for the Blues.
Hoffeheim vs Gladbach in Bundesliga
Hoffenheim sit 13th in the Bundesliga standings with 19 points from 17 games and will be hopeful of adding to that tally this Saturday.
Borussia Monchengladbach have also had their struggles this season, rapidly falling behind in the race for European football. They were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg last time out and could have no complaints after a lackluster performance which finally saw them fall behind in the 82nd minute.
The visitors sit ninth in the league table, with 22 points from 17 games. They will now look to shake off their latest results and return to winning ways this weekend.
There have been 33 meetings between Hoffenheim and Monchengladbach. The hosts have won 11 of those games, while the visitors have won nine times. There have been 13 draws between the two teams.
Gladbach are one of three teams in the Bundesliga this season without an away league win.
Die Kraichgauer are without a clean sheet in their last 14 games across all competitions.
Brooks made his debut for Hoffenheim here following his arrival from Benfica, playing in the centre of a back three.
Hoffenheim’s 18-year-old midfielder Umut Tohumcu made his Bundesliga debut.
It was also the first time he has hit a brace in an away game, following seven doubles on home turf. Stindl provided his sixth assist of the season.
The attacker also registered his fourth goal of the season, three of which have come in 2023.