- Wagner and Kramaric on target in the second half.
- Hoffenheim the Bundesliga’a only undefeated team.
- Nagelsmann’s side a provisional third.
Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric were on target to help TSG 1899 Hoffenheim remain the only undefeated team in Europe’s major leagues with a 2-0 win over FC Augsburg.
Goals: 0-1 Wagner (47’), 0-2 Kramaric (64’)
Augsburg began the day seven places and 10 points worse off than their fifth-placed visitors, but they started brightly, with Daniel Baier flashing an early volley wide of Oliver Baumann’s post. Nearly half an hour had gone before Hoffenheim conjured up their first real chance, with Steven Zuber drilling a shot goal-ward that his Switzerland teammate Marwin Hitz punched clear.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Julian Nagelsmann shuffled his pack at half-time, and Hoffenheim took the lead minutes after the restart with Wagner latching onto Nediem Amiri’s pass to bundle home. Mark Uth then turned provider for half-time substitute Kramaric just past the hour, with the Croatian tapping home from metres out for 2-0. Hoffenheim then controlled possession to close out their first win in four.
Man of the match
FC Bayern München-bound Niklas Süle was the epitome of calm despite Augsburg’s first-half pressure. The big centre-back enjoyed a game-high 92 touches, with his reading of potential danger providing the backbone for victory.
Hoffenheim remain the only undefeated team in Europe’s top five leagues. They gave away a league-high six leads in the Hinrunde. If Nagelsmann’s men can continue to shake that habit, UEFA Champions League qualification could be a real possibility at the end of the season.
- Hoffenheim have now gone 17 games without tasting defeat in the Bundesliga. Their last league reverse came in May, when FC Schalke 04 prevailed 4-1 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
- Wagner’s goal was his 10th of the campaign, making him the highest-scoring German in the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign.
- Augsburg have just 13 goals from their 17 games.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c), Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Stafylidis (Bobadilla 64’) - Baier - Schmid, Moravek (Altintop 73'), Koo (Kohr 46’), Max - Ji
Coach: Manuel Baum
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, Hübner - Zuber, Ochs (Kramaric 46’) - Rudy (c) - Demirbay (Schär 74'), Amiri (Polanski 87') - Wagner, Uth
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
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