At TSG Hoffenheim's official season-opening event, the fans in and around the PreZero Arena were treated to some incredible entertainment - not only through the various activities on offer, but also through the friendly against Hellas Verona. In the match, which was played over four 30-minute quarters, TSG came back from 2-0 down to beat the Italian Serie A club 3-2, with Grischa Prömel scoring twice and Georginio providing two assists.
Personnel and tactics:
In André Breitenreiter's first match as coach of TSG Hoffenheim at the PreZero Arena, TSG started with a three-man defensive line made up of Stefan Posch, Kevin Vogt and captain Benjamin Hübner. Oliver Baumann played in goal. Pavel Kadeřábek and Robert Skov occupied the wide positions, while Christoph Baumgartner, Grischa Prömel and Diadie Samassékou played in midfield. Breitenreiter opted for a two-man strike partnership of Andrej Kramarić and Jacob Bruun Larsen. New arrival Ozan Kabak was not included in the squad.
At half-time, Georginio, Munas Dabbur and Kevin Akpoguma came on in place of Kramarić, Bruun Larsen and Hübner. The second load of substitutes came in the final quarter: Luca Philipp replaced Baumann in goal, while Melayro Bogarde came on for Posch, Sebastian Rudy for Vogt, Fisnik Asllani for Kadeřábek, Muhammed Damar for Samassékou, Marco John for Skov, Finn Ole Becker for Prömel and Tom Bischof for Baumgartner.
Moment of the match:
Although TSG scored three excellent goals of their own, Lasagna's strike to give Verona a 2-0 lead was probably one of the most beautiful goals ever scored in Sinsheim. The incredible lob from the sideline was a work of art that left even the Hoffenheim fans in awe.
Number of the game: 2
Grischa Prömel scored two goals on his TSG debut in the PreZero Arena - and Georginio set up two goals in the space of just five minutes (84/89).
TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann (91, Philipp) – Posch (91, Bogarde), Vogt (91, Rudy), Hübner (61, Akpoguma) – Kadeřábek (91, Asllani), Samassékou (91, Damar), Skov (91, John) – Prömel (91, Becker), Baumgartner (91, Bischof) – Bruun Larsen (61, Georginio), Kramarić (61, Dabbur)
Goals: 0-1 Lasagna (12), 0-2 Lasagna (29), 1-2 Prömel (58), 2-2 Baumgartner (84), 3-2 Prömel (89)