Hoffenheim beat Basaksehir 3-1 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena to record their first ever victory in European competition.
Hoffenheim 3-1 Basaksehir
Julian Nagelsmann’s side dominated the first half but could not find a way past Mert Günok in the Basaksehir goal. Kerem Demirbay forced the 28-year-old custodian into a smart save just before the half-hour mark with a powerful effort from distance, before Sandro Wagner blazed over from a tight angle.
The hosts finally got the breakthrough their enterprising play deserved seven minutes after the restart, Bruno Hübner heading home Demirbay’s pin-point cross. Nadiem Amiri volleyed another Demirbay cross past Günok to double Hoffenheim’s lead, before Nico Schulz capitalised on some questionable defending to fire the Sinsheim club into a 3-0 lead. Substitute Stefano Napoleoni scored a fine consolation for the visitors in second-half stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for the Turkish outfit.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Posch (Zuber, 69'), Vogt (c), Hübner - Kaderabek, Geiger (Polanski, 72'), Amiri, Schulz - Demirbay (Ochs, 63') - Uth, Wagner
Absentees: Bicakcic (knee), Zulj (shin), Gnabry (thigh), Szalai (hamstring)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Istanbul Basaksehir: Günok - Caicara, Epureanu, Attamah, Clichy (Erdem, 81') - Inler, Kahveci (Tekdemir, 63') - Torun, Frei - Erdinc (Napoleoni, 63'), Batdal (c)
Absentees: Chedjou (foot), Korkmaz (training setback)
Coach: Abdullah Avci
- The two sides had never met in competitive action before.
- Hoffenheim secured their first victory in Europe at the fifth time of asking, having lost all four previous matches.
- Kerem Demirbay stood out at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, setting up the hosts' first two goals before being withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.
- Basaksehir are yet to win in the Europa League, drawing three and losing six of their eight games to date.
- Basaksehir's Junior Caicara and Mevlüt Erdinc have both played in the Bundesliga for Schalke and Hannover respectively.