Hoffenheim’s Kramarić spoils Cologne Carnival party

hoffenheims kramaric spoils cologne carnival party

Status: 12.02.2024 00: 01 Clock

The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and the 1. FC Köln have separated on Carnival Sunday (11.02.2024) in the Football Bundesliga with 1:1 (0:0). The only 19-year-old Max Finkgräfe (79. Minute) with a magnificent free kick put FC in the lead, who substituted Andrej Kramarić (90.+ 4) saved Hoffenheim a point.

The result does not help either club. Hoffenheim has been waiting for a victory for seven matches and is not coming close to the places for International Business. Cologne remains in acute danger of relegation.

Hoffenheim coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said at the Sports Show microphone: “The game is bitter. Because from the feeling, they shoot 1-0 without a real goal chance. And we now have four chances in terms of feeling, where you have to do at least one. Then you take the lead and probably win the game.”

Cologne coach Timo Schultz told The Sportschau: “We were definitely not good enough in the switching moments today to really be able to say after the game that we deserved three points. If you look at the table, on the one hand we missed a big step to find a connection to the lower midfield. On the other hand, we have one more point today.”

Hoffenheim and Cologne are anxious

In the first round, both teams noticed that there was a lot going on for them. No one dared to take the risk, the Kölners even less than the TSG. To put it bluntly, the first 45 minutes were a real bore.

Hoffenheim had three chances. Ihlas Bebou (14.) narrowly missed the goal with a shot in the penalty area. A Chance of Wout Weghorst (26.) parried from an acute angle FC-Keeper Marvin swung his foot. Then the TSG striker put the Ball out of the turn at the penalty spot far above the crossbar (43.). Köln did not achieve anything offensively – after the 2-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt last time, FC could have been trusted with more courage.

Apples on the field

Immediately after the restart, there was the now already obsliatory game Undercalculation, because Fan base in protest against the planned investorsdeal the DFL threw apples in the field this time. After three minutes of interruption, it continued.

Köln hardly dared to get out of cover, the TSG dominated the game. After a nice diagonal pass of Robert Skov Bebou took the ball technically demanding, but his finish was too middle, Schwäbe held the Ball without any problems. Then FC, at least a little: after a long ball from Florian Kainz on Jan Thielmann, TSG closer Oliver Baumann came out of his box just in time to clarify.

Beautiful free kick goal from Kölns Finkgräfe, Hoffenheim Strikes Back late

As the duration of the game increased, the Kölners invested a little more in the Offensive, but without creating compelling scoring chances out of the game. Finally, a Standard had to be set for the colognes.

Finkgräfe created a carnival atmosphere at the FC Annex when he circled a free kick from 25 meters into the goal a good ten minutes before the end of regular time-Baumann was still with his hand on the Ball, but could not prevent the impact. It was Finkgräfe’s first Bundesliga goal. Cologne now stayed on, Baumann (86.) saved in the greatest distress from the approaching Steffen Tigges.

When the Cologne annex was already rocking in a real carnival atmosphere in the stands, it hit Kramarić in the fourth Minute of injury time, and spoiled the Cologne celebration.

TSG v Union, Köln v Werder

Hoffenheim has the next home game in front of the chest on Saturday (17.02.2024, 15.30 clock), against the 1. FC Union Berlin. The colognes already open the day before at 20.30 on the 22nd. Bundesliga matchday at home against Werder Bremen.

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