TSG Hoffenheim has probably got rid of their relegation worries. The Kraichgauer won 1: 1 (1: 0) in the Baden duel at SC Freiburg on the third from last game day of the Bundesliga, giving them a seven point lead over the relegation place.
The Croatian runner-up world champion Andrej Kramaric (40th) scored for TSG, which had previously lost to the sports club three times in a row. Ex-Hoffenheim’s Vincenzo Grifo was successful with a penalty kick (81st) for the SC.
At the ghost game in the Black Forest Stadium, little or nothing happened in the first few minutes. Under the eyes of DFB President Fritz Keller and U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz, both teams took it easy, there were no real chances – only Nicolas Höfler caused a little danger in front of the Hoffenheim goal (12th).
After just under 20 minutes, the Freiburg team, who missed the banned Baptiste Santamaria, took the initiative. However, the increased efforts did not lead to any goal opportunities. The game hardly had any high points in the middle of the first half.
Skov only hits the bar, Kramaric nets
After that, the Hoffenheim team got stronger, the TSG leadership was in the air. Florian Grillitsch (30th) and Kramaric (31st) couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities. Nine minutes later, Kramaric only had to head the ball over the line after good preparatory work by Ihlas Bebou. It was the 17th goal of the season by the best TSG goalscorer in history.
At the beginning of the second round, Freiburg increased the number of strokes and went to work more offensively. The alleged equalization by Ermedin Demirovic (53rd) did not count, however, because Lucas Höler had been sidelined during the preparatory work.
The increased risk of the hosts opened the Kraichgauer counter-chances. Sargis Adamjan missed two good opportunities (57th / 59th). On the other side, Demirovic had the goal on the foot, but failed to TSG goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (69th).
Shortly before the end, the substitute Grifo hit the point. Kevin Vogt had previously fouled Demirovic from Freiburg, which referee Manuel Gräfe (Berlin) only saw after studying video.