Baumgartner double puts Hoffenheim in Champions League spots

Sports Writing, February 25 (EFE). – Christoph Baumgartner’s double of Austrian Christoph Baumgartner in the last five minutes of the match allowed Hoffenheim to win a long-term victory (2-1) over Stuttgart, allowing Sebastian Hoeness’s men to advance. From places of access to the European Champions League.

If Baumgartner scored in the 85th minute (1-1) with a thrilling shot after five minutes, at 90, the Austrian international did not miss the visiting defense’s lack of strength to turn a loose ball into the decisive area 2-1. .

The goals that left the good work of the Stuttgart team unpaid, which seemed ready to break the streak of eight consecutive days – six defeats and two draws – without knowing victory, after leading in the 58th minute in the scoring with a goal from the Japanese. Wataru Endo.

If Chris Vohrech missed an indomitable chance in the first half to make the score 0-1 after hitting the post with a superb pass from Portuguese Thiago Thomas, then Endo did not fail after thirteen minutes into the second half when he fired a long shot into the net. Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdic nets after a corner kick.

A sign that seemed to punish Hoffenheim’s lack of success was that the first 45 minutes had a double chance of getting ahead on the scoreboard.

Neither captain Benjamin Hubner, who saw a header replayed by the visiting goalkeeper, nor Czech Pavel Kaderapek, who sent the rebound off the crossbar, were able to hit the ball into the net.

And when they achieved that goal, it did not rise on the scoreboard, as happened in the 42nd minute in a shot from Hubner, which was canceled by the match referee at the request of the video referee due to a previous offside by French Jorginho Ratter. .

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Mistakes that seemed to weigh, in any way, into the second half for Hoffenheim, who sometimes lacked clarity of ideas to change his territorial field.

A traffic jam knocked out the locals by Austrian Christoph Baumgartner, who allowed Hoffenheim two last sparks to add a win (2-1) that lifted it to fourth in the standings, three points behind Leipzig, who will visit the next day. Sunday Bochum Square.

For his part, Stuttgart, despite the good image that he sometimes showed, will remain firmly in the penultimate position in the standings, four points away from salvation.

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