April 27, 2013
TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 Nurnberg
Hoffenheim remained alive in their fight against relegation from the Bundesliga with a crucial home victory against Nurnberg.
Tobias Weis gave Hoffenheim the lead after 11 minutes and Sejad Salihovic doubled the advantage eight minutes later.
Timmy Simons pulled a goal back for Nuremberg in the 58th minute from the spot.
Hoffenheim had collected just one victory in their last five matches but improved to 27 points - three points from the relegation play-off.
Nurnberg remained on 38 points after their third straight loss.
Hoffenheim had a strong start to the match with Fabian Johnson forcing Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer into a fine save in the first minute and then Roberto Firmino shot just wide a minute later.
The hosts continued the push forward and grabbed the lead in the 11th minute with Johnson crossing to Weis, who slotted home into an empty goal.
Hoffenheim doubled the advantage after 19 minutes with Kevin Volland crossing to the far left post where Salihovic headed into the far right corner.
Salihovic had a goal disallowed in the 48th minute as his free-kick was chalked off due to a foul.
The visitors went close again four minutes later but Schafer made a great save from Weis' volley 11 yards out.
Nurnberg pulled a goal back in the 58th minute from the penalty spot as Simons went straight down the middle after Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels had fouled Niklas Stark in the box.
The visitors nearly equalised three minutes later but Sebastian Polter shot wide.
Hoffenheim were close to making it 3-1 after 79 minutes but Schafer saved Joselu's attempt.
|30 Koen Casteels||1 Raphael Schäfer|
|29 Janick Vestergaard||24 Berkay Dabanli|
|12 David Angel Abraham||2 Timmy Simons|
|4 Stefan Thesker||5 Hanno Balitsch|
|2 Andreas Beck||21 Marvin Plattenhardt|
|23 Sejad Salihovic||26 Timothy Chandler|
|6 Sebastian Rudy||13 Hiroshi Kiyotake|
|17 Tobias Weis||7 Markus Feulner|
|22 Roberto Firmino||17 Mike Frantz|
|16 Fabian Johnson||8 Sebastian Polter|
|31 Kevin Volland||33 Alexander Esswein|
|9 Sven Schipplock||Tomas Pekhart 9|
|19 Jens Grahl||Javier Horacio Pinola 25|
|18 Joselu||Robert Mak 14|
|39 Andreas Ludwig||Peter Rakovsky 22|
|43 Robin Szarka||Noah Korczowski 19|
|36 Jeremy Toljan||Mu Kanazaki 28|
|44 Patrick Schorr||Niklas Stark 39|
|Patrick Schorr for Stefan Thesker (67)||Niklas Stark for Markus Feulner (45)|
|Joselu for Roberto Firmino (70)||Mu Kanazaki for Mike Frantz (66)|
|Andreas Ludwig for Sejad Salihovic (88)||Tomas Pekhart for Berkay Dabanli (84)|
|Sebastian Rudy (32)||Alexander Esswein (39)|
|Koen Casteels (58)||Hanno Balitsch (68)|
|· Squads: TSG Hoffenheim | Nurnberg|