SC freiburg duplicated TSG 1899 hoffenheim in the baden bundesliga duel and stormed to third place in the fubball bundesliga table.
The team of coach christian streich won 3-0 (2-0) after goals from christian gunter (11. Minute), janik haberer (38.) and nils petersen (59.). Before 29.395 spectators in sinsheim convinced the guests all along the line and are even ahead of FC bayern munchen on the fourth matchday.
Freiburg had won only one of its last eleven games against hoffenheim, and TSG had not lost to the sport-club in sinsheim for seven games. Streich thus also won the duel between the most senior head coach and the rookie coach alfred schreuder, whose team still has to grow together after ara julian nagelsmann and many departures.
"We are really satisfied today – a great performance", SC-sportvortsand jochen saier praised his team. "To achieve such a result against a strong opponent – such a well-deserved victory is really good for us," said saier and at the same time warned: "we already know how tight everything will be."Goalkeeper haberer beamed: "today is a very, very good day for us and also for our fans."
The hosts seemed after the heimklatsche against it somewhat helplessly. "I think we won in all the statistics – but unfortunately that’s not what matters," said sebastian rudy. "We have to be better at the back and put things in at the front," demanded the midfielder. "The defeat really hurts."
The visitors were already convincing in the first half with their aggressive forchecking. At times, TSG goalkeeper oliver baumann and his front men hardly knew how to call the ball into the midfield. Gunter scored the early 1:0 with a shot from an acute angle after duplicating captain and head of defense kevin vogt.
The breisgau team was without young star luca waldschmidt, who recently made his first appearance for national team coach joachim low. Veteran petersen played at the top of his game. When the 23-year-old came on after 77 minutes, the game was already decided. For the first time this season, captain mike frantz, who has only been substituted twice so far, was in the starting lineup.
As announced, last-minute newcomer vincenzo grifo was absent from the freiburg squad. The italian international had transferred from hoffenheim to freiburg shortly before the transfer deadline. TSG were happy to keep him; they had a clause that the attacking player would not be allowed to play against his former club.
Haberer then scored ahead of frantz to make it 2-0. The hopefuls had their chances, but winger pavel kaderabek alone missed three opportunities before the break. But the backline was shaky against the nimble freiburg team every now and then. Schreuder surprisingly left the fit again benjamin hubner on the bench. His defensive colleagues vogt, ermin bicakcic and stefan posch sometimes had a rough time against their attacking rivals from sudbaden.
Schreuder brought on two new players after the break, lukas rupp and jurgen locadia. But an attempted shot by freiburg’s gunter turned into a set piece for petersen, who shot in safely to make it 3-0 and demoralize the hopefuls early on. Dominique heintz almost scored the 4:0. The hopefuls never gave the feeling in the second half that they could still turn the game around.