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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 22,000) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Hoffenheim 0

S Salihovic (S/O 88)


Stalemate at Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 29/09/12 6:50pm

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Sejad Salihovic is sent off late on

Sejad Salihovic is sent off late on

Hoffenheim and Augsburg struggled to focus on playing football in a game which ended goalless at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Playing just 24 hours after a car crash left Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic in a coma in hospital, neither side managed to create any major chances to win the points as thoughts were clearly elsewhere.

An moment of madness then cost Sejad Salihovic a red card in the 88th minute of an otherwise tame stalemate.

Hoffenheim's players chose not to request a postponement of the game with their team-mate lying in intensive care.

Instead, they emerged for the pre-match warm-up with shirts dedicating their efforts to the Croatian midfielder.

Takashi Usami came close to opening the deadlock with a shot from the edge of the penalty area which whistled just wide of the left-hand post.

Augsburg's response was from a 25-yard free-kick which Marcel de Jong struck into the wall.

Hoffenheim played some neat one-touch football, ensuring a fast pace to the game, albeit without many clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.

For their part, Augsburg seemed happy to wait for one of those passes to go astray and then break quickly, but they lacked the accuracy with their own passes to cause Hoffenheim any real problems.

That was the tone of the game in the second half, with the play looking more like a friendly encounter at times.

Salihovic did not share that thought, though, as he went in dangerously on Tobias Werner and was duly shown a red card in the 87th minute, apologetically patting the injured Augsburg player on his back as he left the field.

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel was also sent into the stands as he vented his frustration at the referee's decision, but all he saw from a better vantage point was a lacklustre contest which ended, fairly, with a point apiece.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23