- Kramaric notches a brace in a hard-fought win for the hosts.
- Hoffenheim extend home unbeaten run to 11 games.
- Darmstadt still looking for a win away from home.
Goals: 1-0 Kramaric (64’), 2-0 Kramaric (pen. 90’)
Darmstadt were hoping to cure their away day blues in Sinsheim, and very nearly got off to a dream start when Jan Rosenthal set up Sidney Sam for a golden chance just five minutes in. Only the timely intervention of Oliver Baumann and a goal-line clearance stood between the Lilies and a 1-0 lead. Hoffenheim had a near-miss of their own 20 minutes later when Nadiem Amiri’s long range effort whipped past the post with inches to spare. Hoffenheim began to take control of possession in the latter stage of the half, but couldn’t make their dominance count.
The home side thought they had broken the deadlock when Niklas Süle found Kramaric, who had come on for Kerem Demirbay, lurking at at the far post. The midfielder duly redirected the curling cross into the back of the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Kramaric would have his goalscoring moment in the 64th minute, however, when Marco Terrazzino set him up at full gallop with a no-look pass. A late penalty, also from Kramaric, extended the scoreline to 2-0 and gave the hosts a deserved victory.
Man of the Match
Kramaric didn’t enter the fray until five minutes into the second half, but his influence on the result was undeniable. The Croatian scored both goals and got himself into dangerous positions time and time again.
Darmstadt were full of fight, but aside from an initial burst in the first 15 minutes, they struggled to create chances. With time running short on the Lilies’ campaign to stay in the top flight, Torsten Frings’ men need to find a cutting edge soon.
- Darmstadt are yet to win a single point in ten away matches so far this season.
- TSG are unbeaten in 11 home matches this season, a club record.
- At age 29, Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann is younger than the average age of Darmstadt's starting XI - a Bundesliga first.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, Bicakcic - Rudy (c) - Kaderabek, Zuber - Demirbay (Kramaric 50’), Amiri (Polanski 74’) - Terrazzino (Szalai 65’), Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Darmstadt: Esser - Fedetskiy, Niemeyer (c), Milosevic, Holland - Altintop, Gondorf (Sirigu 75’) - Sam, Rosenthal (Vrancic 33’), Heller - Boyd (Colak 57’)
Coach: Torsten Frings