Sinsheim (dpa) – Alexander Rosen beamed all over his face. “I can say that I am proud of the team at the moment,” said TSG Hoffenheim’s sports director.
With a strongly rejuvenated team, the Bundesliga club recorded their fifth victory in the sixth and final group match of the Europa League. In the empty Sinsheim stadium, the team that had already qualified for the knockout round defeated the Belgian number two KAA Gent 4-1 (2-0).
The team of trainer Sebastian Hoeneß remains unbeaten in the draw on Monday. 18-year-old Maximilian Beier (21st minute / 49th) with his first two professional goals and Robert Skov (26th) met. Substitute Andrej Kramaric (64th) scored the 4-0. Nurio Fortuna (81st) scored the consolation goal for Ghent.
The Kraichgauer won the prize of 570,000 euros in the insignificant match against the bottom of the table Ghent. For the first time in his club history, Hoffenheim hibernates in a European Cup competition. “We had ten changes from the previous game and then we deliver something like that,” said Rosen appreciative. The team wanted to take the game seriously, even though the table was nowhere about anything. “The boys showed that from the first minute,” said Rosen.
Hoeneß changed his team almost completely. From the 3-1 victory over FC Augsburg, only defender Stefan Posch remained in the base. The head coach gave the sovereign Philipp Pentke, who was allowed to represent permanent goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, a European Cup debut, as announced at the age of 35.
Beier and Marco John, of the same age, occupied the left side – and swirled around mightily. Beier was lucky with the opening goal, as he was copied from a corner by his opponent Elisha Owusu. The TSG B-Team acted joyfully and were immediately rewarded: The Dane Skov rose to 2-0 after strong preparatory work by Dennis Geiger, who was captain for the first time.
The 22-year-old could also thank Pentke: after just under half an hour, he smoothed out Geiger’s mistake with a dive after a shot from Osman Bukari. Ghent – the Belgian table 13th In Hein Vanhaezebrouck he already has the fourth coach this season, but he was unable to absorb the hosts’ attacking swing. The ex-Heidenheimers Niklas Dorsch and Tim Kleindienst did not attract much attention either.
After the break, TSG went on like this: Beier scored with a beautiful shot to make it 3-0 against a weak opponent. It was indeed a very good match for him, ” said sports director Rosen praised the youngster. After Kramaric’s 4-0 victory, Munas Dabbur hit the bar (68th). Hoffenheim was unbeaten for six games in all competitions, but the competition with Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach now has three big chunks ahead.