Hoffenheim, known as Die Kraichgauer, have found the back of the net in every match they’ve played this season. Under the guidance of Matarazzo, they’ve scored in 15 of their last 16 league matches. In a surprising turn of events, they managed to keep their first clean sheet of the season by defeating Union Berlin 2-0 in an away match on Saturday.
Andrej Kramaric scored his third goal in four matches by converting a penalty to open the scoring. Later, Maximilian Beier added another goal for the visitors before halftime. Union Berlin, who had faced a heartbreaking last-minute defeat against Real Madrid in their debut Champions League appearance earlier in the week, seemed to lack their usual vigor and creativity in this match.
Andrej Kramaric made his mark by scoring his third goal in four matches, opening the scoring with a penalty kick. Shortly before halftime, Maximilian Beier added another goal to double the visitors’ lead. Union Berlin, who had suffered a heartbreaking last-minute defeat to Real Madrid in their debut Champions League appearance earlier in the week, appeared to lack their usual energy and creativity.
Hoffenheim has high hopes of returning to European football’s elite level, and their strong start to the season has only boosted those aspirations. However, there’s no denying that their upcoming match against Dortmund will be their most significant challenge of the season thus far, especially considering their relatively lenient fixture schedule.
On the other hand, Dortmund will be disappointed to have already lost ground to Bayern Munich, especially after their thrilling title race that went down to the final day of the season last year. Edin Terzic’s team had an unexpected setback when they dropped points against relegation candidates VfL Bochum and Heidenheim.
However, Dortmund has shown resilience by bouncing back from their 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening Champions League fixture. They secured maximum points in subsequent matches against Freiburg and Wolfsburg. Additionally, their club captain, Marco Reus, who has been plagued by injuries, made a triumphant return by scoring in both victories.
In their previous match against Hoffenheim Wolfsburg, the 34-year-old Marco Reus scored a crucial goal from close range after 68 minutes, thanks to Julian Brandt’s well-timed assist. This goal broke the deadlock and secured all three points for Edin Terzic’s team. It was Dortmund’s second clean sheet of the season, highlighting their improved defensive performance.
Despite the frustrating draws earlier in the season, Dortmund has the opportunity to claim the top spot in the table by defeating Hoffenheim on Friday. To challenge Bayern Munich and potentially Xabi Alonso’s resurgent Bayer Leverkusen for the title, Dortmund must focus on building a series of winning streaks throughout the remainder of the campaign.
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