Sinsheim (dpa) – Trainer Urs Fischer would have liked not to let go of his match winner Max Kruse. The 54-year-old Swiss squeezed and beat the attacker after the 3-1 (0-0) of 1. FC Union Berlin at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and the two smiled at each other.
With a converted penalty (60th minute) and two assists, Kruse shone on Monday evening in the Bundesliga game. The 32-year-old has finally returned to German professional football. “He has had a relentless experience and brings peace”, scorer Sebastian Griesbeck praised his colleagues.
Fischer explicitly mentioned the five points that Kruse had accumulated since moving from Fenerbahçe Istanbul to the “Yser”, avoiding the popular phrase about “difference player”: “I think he’s not just making the difference. He needs his teammates too. to make a difference. But of course you saw the quality of Max with the 2: 1 and 3: 1. “
Kruse met in the empty Sinsheimer stadium, initially completely conned with a penalty kick and preparing the hits of Joel Pohjanpalo (85th) and Cedric Teuchert (90th + 4). Meanwhile, Munas Dabbur (80th) equalized to the Hoffenheim team, where Robert Skov had seen the red card for Kruse’s penalty kick. Above all, Kruse Teuchert played the 3: 1 completely selflessly and as on a silver platter. “If I shoot myself, it’s 99 percent inside. When I think about it, it’s 100 percent,” the 32-year-old later said with a grin in the DAZN interview. “If I don’t, I’ll be the idiot of the country.”
Union and Kruse climbed to seventh place with the fifth game without a loss at the end of the sixth matchday. Hoffenheim has been waiting for a victory in the league since the 4-1 win over FC Bayern and four games. On Thursday, the Kraichgauer will play against Slovan Liberec in the Europa League. TSG was very upset about the sentence and the dismissal for Skov from Denmark. “I think the only one who didn’t have a Bundesliga level was the referee. That was bottomless for me,” said Austrian international Florian Grillitsch about referee Robert Hartmann (Wangen). Coach Sebastian Hoeneß called the scene “decisive for the game” and a “crazy blow to the neck”.
Ultimately, the Berliners rewarded themselves for a brave performance – also and especially thanks to Kruse. Fischer also deliberately did not remove the ex-national player from the field prematurely: “He had to go more than 90 minutes, that helps him on the way back.” Kruse’s condition is “not quite where we want”.