A much-changed Hoffenheim side earned a point in a hard-fought farewell to the Europa League for Julian Nagelsmann’s side
Hoffenheim 1-1 Ludogorets
Goals: 1-0 (Ochs 25'), 1-1 (Wanderson 62')
With qualification to the knockout rounds not possible, Nagelsmann made 11 changes from Hoffenheim's previous Europa League encounter with Braga. But it didn’t seem to be a problem for the Sinsheim club, who took the lead through Philipp Ochs’ first goal in the competition.
Ludogorets needed just a point to qualify from Group C, and the Bulgarians got what they came for through Wanderson’s goal just after the hour mark. Substitute Claudiu Keserü was sent off after a late foul on Ermin Bicakcic, but Nagelsmann’s side couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.
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Hoffenheim: Kobel - Lorenz, Bicakcic, Hoogma - Rossipal, Polanski (c), Nordtveit- Passlack, Hack - Zulj, Ochs
Substitutes: Stolz, Otto, Skenderovic, Bühler, Waack, Wähling
Absentees: Demirbay, Szalai (both suspended)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Ludogorets: Renan - Natanael, Plastun, Moti - Cicinho, Dyakov (c), Abel, Goralski - Marcelinho, Wanderson - Misidjan
Substitutes: Broun, Terziev, Sasha, Campanharo, Keserü, Paulo, Lukoki
Absentees: Stoyanov (knee)
Coach: Dimitar Dimitrov
- Nagelsmann’s team secured their first ever European victory on Matchday 3, beating Basaksehir 3-1 at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
- Pavel Kaderabek gave Hoffenheim the lead in the reverse fixture, but second-half strikes from Svetoslav Dyakov and Jody Lukoki secured the three points for Ludogorets in their first ever encounter with German opposition.
- Hoffenheim have scored in all eight of their European games so far this season.
- However, their win over Leipzig was only their second victory in their last nine league outings.
- Gnabry's goals at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Saturday were his first in a Hoffenheim shirt.
- Ludogorets had kept clean sheets in their previous four UEFA Europa League matches outside Bulgaria before tonight's 1-1 draw.