Hoffenheim says goodbye with draw from europa league

Hoffenheim says goodbye with draw from europa league

1899 hoffenheim’s B-elf said goodbye to the europa league with a lackluster draw against bulgaria’s serial champions – national striker sandro wagner may soon be gone altogether.

At the end of its first international season, the bundesliga club could not get beyond a 1-1 (1-0) draw against ludogorez rasgrad. The signs are also pointing to goodbye in the case of sandro wagner: the national striker is apparently on the verge of a move to FC bayern munchen in the winter break, as coach julian nagelsmann hinted after the game.

"I think that will go over in the next week or two – if everything goes normally," said nagelsmann without explicitly mentioning wagners name. He spoke, however, of a personalie, which is offentlich already for a long time. Wagner, who once began his professional career at FC bayern, is to be signed by the record champion as a backup for goal-scorer robert lewandowski. The 30-year-old was spared against rasgrad. His participation on sunday in the bundesliga against hannover is not yet certain, as he is still suffering from adductor complaints.

In front of only 7814 spectators at the rhein-neckar-arena in sinsheim, philipp ochs (25. Minute) for the strongly rejuvenated team of coach julian nagelsmann. For the guests was wanderson (62.) successful. The K.O.-the kraichgauer had already missed games before the last group match.

"I think it was good for the whole team that we were able to show ourselves. The europe league is already a rough stage," said ochs, who scored his first profit. Striker robin hack said: "it’s unique that so many players have been given such a chance. I think we did well."

The hopefuls were eliminated from the group with five points after only one win and two draws. Rasgrad, which won the first leg 2-1, reached the next round in group C, as did sporting braga. Nagelsmann had used mainly bank printers and talent, as announced. Five players were on the pitch who had not even played in a bundesliga match. In addition, newcomers robert zulj, justin hoogma and felix passlack, as well as U21 international ochs and substitute keeper gregor kobel, all made an appearance.

The young professionals initially struggled to keep the nimble opponents around brazilians cicinho, marcelinho and wanderson in check. Three days before the match in hannover, only captain eugen polanski, havard nordtveit and ermin bicakcic appeared from TSG’s regular squad as the mastermind and leader in midfield. The latter made his comeback after overcoming a cruciate ligament strain.

After 20 minutes, the hosts had sorted themselves out, also with the help of the committed nagelsmann on the sideline, and made it 1:0 through ochs after a clever pass from robin hack. The fifth-placed team in the bundesliga controlled the action in an altogether unexciting first half. The tribune also observed numerous scouts who paid close attention to the talents that hoffenheim still had at its disposal.

Shortly after the change of sides, ochs was able to increase the lead to 2:0. Only a few minutes later, the 20-year-old was replaced with a knee injury. The guests then got into the game better and scored through marcelinho and virgil misidjan (57.) in each case the aubennetz, before wanderson scored the equalizer. And the player on loan from dortmund, felix passlack, didn’t look too good. Shortly before the end, claudiu keseru, a substitute for rasgrad, had to be sent off after receiving a red card (83rd minute).) from the pitch prematurely.

TSG’s first european cup participation began with a 1:2 loss to FC liverpool under coach jurgen klopp in the champions league qualifiers, but once again there was no home victory at the end.