High-flying TSG 1899 Hoffenheim made home-ground advantage count when they handed Hertha Berlin just their second away defeat in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Hoffenheim 1 Berlin 0
Sule hands Hoffenheim the lead
Kaderabek hits the crossbar
Hoffenheim boss possession to win
Niklas Sule handed the home team a deserved lead in the 31st minute. Berlin struggled to get going and created few chances on the day, though Vedad Ibisevic did trouble Oliver Baumann on more than one occasion.
Hoffenheim were full value for their win as they continued their good run of form in the Bundesliga.
— TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (@achtzehn99) October 30, 2016
In a contest in which the home side dominated at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, it would be Hoffenheim who conjured up the first real attempt on target when Lukas Rupp saw his effort go narrowly wide in the fourth minute.
Rupp then tested Rune Jarstein in the seventh minute with another strike. Despite their dominance of ball possession, Allan then went close for the visitors in the 14th minute but his shot was well saved by Oliver Baumann.
It was again Berlin who were threatening when Fabian Lustenberger’s header went wide after a good set piece delivery from Mitchell Weiser.
However, the home team were controlling the majority of possession and it would nearly pay dividends when Pavel Kaderabek’s 29th-minute header hit the bar.
The pressure would soon result in the opening goal when Kerem Demirbay’s set-piece delivery was headed home by Sule in the 31st minute.
Demirbay was pulling the strings and he nearly set up Rupp for a second goal just two minutes later.
The hosts were in control although in the second stanza, Vedad Ibisevic tested Baumann.
With that said, it was nearly 2-0 in the 58th minute when Andrej Kramaric’s shot went narrowly wide after more good work from Demirbay.
Hoffenheim kept pouring forward as Sandro Wagner forced a diving save from Berlin’s keeper in the 71st minute, after good work by Rupp. Kramaric also went close just six minutes later as well.
The home team looked more likely to score in the closing stages, however, it was to end 1-0 for Julian Nagelsmann’s men.
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