Sinsheim (dpa) – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim can hope for a winter in the European Cup for the first time in the history of their club.
The Bundesliga club recorded their third win in the third Europa League match with a 5-0 (2-0) win against FC Slovan Liberec, which has been plagued by many corona failures. “I think we have taken a very big step towards the knockout phase today,” said coach Sebastian Hoeneß after the one-sided match in the empty Sinsheim stadium.
The Kraichgauer extended their lead in group L and will play in the next game on November 26 against the three-time Czech champion Liberec. “We have now pushed open the door, now we just have to get through”, said national player Sebastian Rudy with satisfaction.
Under ex-coach Julian Nagelsmann, the former village club failed in the Europa League in 2017 and a year later in the Champions League in the preliminary round. Liberec, however, was a regrettable opponent: due to the corona, the guests were 15 players missing. So the Hoffenheim had an easy game. Munas Dabbur (22nd / 29th minute), Florian Grillitsch (59th) and Sargis Adamyan (71st / 76th) scored the goals against the B-Team from Liberec. TSG previously won 2-0 against Roter Stern Belgrade and 4-1 at KAA Gent.
“Today we had an opponent on the other side who was quite weakened. I think we played the game very seriously and clearly from the first to the last minute,” said Hoeneß, his player out of respect for the battered opponent. after the last whistle do not cheer.
Slovan could only use five professionals from the regular formation. With supervisors also in quarantine, Pavel Hoftych sat quite lonely on his couch – “just like Kevin – alone at home,” said the head coach, referring to the former blockbuster. “I’m glad we’re done.” The games in the Czech Republic, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, have been suspended since mid-October.