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matches.Kerem Demirbay stood out at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, setting up the hosts' first two goals before being withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.Basaksehir are yet to win in the Europa League, drawing three and losing six of their eight games to date.Basaksehir's Junior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.