WATCH: SESSEGNON: "I'VE SETTLED QUICKLY HERE"
WATCH: KRUSE "NOT THINKING ABOUT" PENALTY RECORD
Union move up to seventh in the standings on nine points after a disciplined performance. Following a goalless first half, Kruse came into his own in the second 45 minutes, paving the way for the win with a coolly taken penalty before teeing up two more late on.
TEUCHERT SEALS THE DEAL!
Union kill the game off following a swift counter. Kruse collects a long ball forward, draws Baumann off his line and slips the ball into the path of Teuchert, who just has to poke it over the line from close range.
OUTSTANDING FROM KNOCHE
Adamyan with a neat ball into the feet of substitute Klauss, who turns brilliantly, around 10 yards from goal. He looks set to smash in a last-gasp equaliser but Knoche blocks with a vital interception!
OVER FROM GACINOVIC
Rudy floats a cross from the right into the box and he finds the onrushing Gacinovic, but his header from 16 yards loops over the target.
The Finnish forward now has nine Bundesliga goals - all of which have come as a substitute.
POHJANPALO HITS THE POST!
The Union striker is played clean through on Baumann and although his shot from 16 yards beats the goalkeeper, it cannons off the inside of the post before bouncing clear!
Union are looking to see this over the line now as they bring on robust reinforcements for the last couple of minutes.
POHJANPALO RESTORES UNION'S LEAD!
Pohjanpalo slides in at the back post to convert Kruse's clever ball. His first effort bounces back off Baumann's leg but it falls kindly to the striker, who makes no mistake at the second time of asking.
GENTNER MAKES WAY
The Union veteran is replaced by young midfielder Teuchert.
HOSTS GOING FOR IT
Hoffenheim make two more attacking changes as Gacinovic and Klauss come on for goalscorer Dabbur and Grillitsch.
CLINICAL FROM DABBUR!
Hoffenheim equalise and what a finish it is! Adamyan finds Dabbur with a quick pass on the edge of the box and the striker takes a touch to control the ball before lashing it high into the net past Luthe. Gae on!
POHJANPALO ENTERS THE FRAY
Awoniyi is taken off as Union coach Urs Fichers brings on the fresh legs of Pohjanpalo to try to take advantage of a tiring Hoffenheim defence as we approach the final 10 minutes of the game.
Kruse tests Baumann on his weaker right foot, but his well-struck shot is kept out by Baumann.
The introduction of Baumgartner and Adamyan has given Hoffenheim greater urgency going forward, but Union are just so compact at the back that there's no way through. It'll take something really special for the 10 men in blue shirts to get an equaliser.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Kruse's goal has been the only effort on goal in this second half. Skov's red card, meanwhile, was his first in 36 Bundesliga appearances.
KRUSE ON COURSE TO MAKE HISTORY
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Double change from Hoffenheim coach Hoeneß as he looks to turn the game around after that goal. Adamyan and Baumgartner come on for Belfodil and Geiger.
KRUSE BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!
Kruse calmly rolls the ball into his net, low to the right, sending Baumann the wrong way.
PENALTY TO UNION
Awoniyi plays in Griesbeck, who has a clear sight of goal form 10 yards out. He's bundled over by Skov, who is shown a straight red card.
TEASING FROM GENTER
The 35-year-old bends in an inviting cross from the left, but it's too high for Awoniyi and bounces out for a goal kick.
UNION WORKING UP A SWEAT
Distance run (km)
Both teams are trying to find their rhythm again here after the interval. Plenty of pressing and tackles, but possession is being won and lost every couple of seconds at the moment.
The away side get us back underway.
ALL SQUARE AT THE BREAK
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LUTHE TO THE RESCUE
Skov floats a devious cross into the middle from the left. Dabbur beats his marker to it, but Luthe claws it off the line, low to his right!
LENZ HAS A GO!
Lenz shoots from the left, arrowing a fierce effort towards Baumann's near post after neat interplay on the edge of the area. The Hoffenheim keeper makes a comfortable save though.
TWO MINUTES ADDED ON
We're into stoppage time now.
OVER FROM GRILLITSCH!
Now it's Hoffenheim's turn to go close. After a strong run down the right the ball is played to Rudy on the edge of the box. He could shoot but instead opts to lay it off to Grillitsch, who's in a better position. He has a clear sight of goal from 20 yards, but curls it high over the bar as he aims for the top corner.
FIRST EFFORT ON TARGET
SUPERB STOP FROM BAUMANN!
Kruse with a brilliant cross to the back post, right onto the head of Griesbeck. His diving header from 10 yards is going in, but Baumann makes himself big to keep the ball out!
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INVITING FROM SKOV!
The new man has only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds, but he warms up with a sumptuous delivery across the face of goal from the left. It's too strong for Dabbur, but although Belfodil gets on the end of it at the back post he can only find the side netting from a tight angle.
Posch limps off, having seemingly hurt himself in a challenge with Kruse a few moments ago. He's replaced by Skov.
HOSTS ON THE BALL
SPACE FOR HÜBNER
Kruse delivers a free-kick from deep towards the back post, where Hübner is arriving. He has time to control it as he looks to cross to a teammate in the centre, but he skews the ball off his foot and over the bar.
LOVELY FROM GRIESBECK
The Union midfielder sprays a brilliant pass from the middle over to the left towards Awoniyi, who's peeling off the shoulder of the last defender. If he can control it right he'll be through on goal, but Posch recovers well to clear the danger.
OVER FROM AWONIYI!
So close to an opener! Kruse whips in an in-swinging corner from the right and it's flicked on towards the back post by Gentner. Awoniyi arrives at pace to turn it over the line, but he can't keep it down at full stretch and the ball sails over.
Geiger wins a free-kick in a central position, about 40 yards out. Hoffenheim pile men forward to fill the Union box, but Geiger's set-piece delivery doesn't beat the first man and the visitors clear comfortably.
DABBUR HITS THE POST!
That's twice in quick succession that Union have been carved open as this time Dabbur is released clean through. His shot beats Baumann and cannons off the post... it wouldn't have counted anyway as it's called back for offside.
OFF THE LINE!
Knoche clears off the line as Dabbur shoots low past Baumann following more excellent work from Grillitsch!
GRILLITSCH CAUSING PROBLEMS
The Hoffenheim midfielder is beginning to run the show here, probing with clever passes over and through the defence. It looks like a matter of time before he creates something.
OVER FROM AWONIYI
A delightful pass from Kruse releases Awoniyi into the box, left of centre. He cuts back inside on to his right foot and has a yard of space to shoot... but spoons it high over the bar! The young striker berates himself - he knows that was a great chance to open the scoring.
After being forced on to the back foot initially, the hosts are starting to exert some influence now and have begun to string some passes together. Sessegnon is getting forward well down the left, but they haven't had a shot at goal yet.
The first sight of goal goes Union's way as Lenz dashes forward down the left and flashes a low ball across the face of goal. It's begging for a touch to go over the line, but there's nobody in a Union shirt near it, and Hoffenheim clear.
Union have set out their stall early and are not giving Hoffenheim any time on the ball, thundering quickly into the challenges as soon as the hosts step into their half.
And we’re off! Hoffenheim get the ball rolling.
NO TRIMMEL FOR UNION
Captain and set-piece specialist Christopher Trimmel is missing for the visitors today, giving a chance to Julian Ryerson to make his first start of the season. Sebastian Griesbeck and Florian Hübner are likewise in the starting XI for the first time this term.
GETTING A FEEL FOR THE PITCH
TWO CHANGES FOR THE HOSTS
Hoffenheim boss Sebastian Hoeneß brings in Geiger and Dabbur for Skov and Bebou in the only two changes to the team that overcame Gent 4-1 away in the Europa League on Thursday.
This is just the third meeting between these teams - the first two having come last season. Hoffenheim won both encounters, winning 2-0 away and 4-0 at home.
DRESSING ROOM SNEAK PEAK!
HOFFENHEIM STARTING XI
Baumann - Posch, Vogt, Akpoguma - Rudy, Samassekou, Grillitsch, Sessegnon - Geiger - Belfodil, Dabbur
Pentke, Brenet, Nordtveit, Bebou, Baumgartner, Gacinovic, Adamyan, Skov, Klaus de Mello
UNION STARTING XI
Luthe - Friedrich, Hübner, Knoche - Ryerson, Andrich, Griesbeck, Lenz - Gentner - Awoniyi, Kruse
Moser, Gogia, Pohjanpalo, Bülter, Endo, Becker, Teuchert, Gießelmann, Maciejewski
Here you will find the most important information on the game between TSG Hoffenheim and 1. FC Union Berlin on Matchday 6 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.