Oliver Baumann left all his disappointment. Right now the second goal for Lyon had fallen, the French stopped shouting. And Hoffenheim's goalkeeper threw his right punch in the wet grass with all his might: 0: 2 after less than half an hour. And all this in a game that everyone in the camp had said before they had to win to have a chance to move on to the Champions League. At this point, God knows that Baumann was not the only one who saw the dream already erupted.
It should be different, at least a little.
When the five-minute stoppage ended, Lyoneser's southern curve whistled wildly a team that had lost even the best chances in the second round or had failed to excellent Baumann goalkeeper.
And they had to watch as the ten Hoffenheimer scored just the first goal after Kashim Amman's dismissal and then equalized in the second minute of the downtime. "If Lyon was not so blind in front of the finish line, we would be shot," said defenseman Nick Sult and summed up the public's impression appropriately. Also coach Julian Nagelsmann said: "It was critical for the opponent that we were back because he did not use his chances."
Hoffenheim is still three points behind Lyon. If at least four grades are scored from both races against Donetsk and Manchester City and Lyonia, there is something else in it. "There is a backdoor, better than if it was too much," said coach Nagelsmann. "It would be nonsense, which is still possible not to try, that there are two wins are necessary, it is obvious."
He had not spoken either the goal or the gameplay for this Hoffenheim this day not he will lose. Lyon was almost always a step faster, while the weak TSG defended and made many mistakes in the game of construction.
Especially defensive Adams, who lost most of the duels and was departed early in yellow-red (51 minutes), had problems. Nagelsmann insisted on seeing it differently at the press conference. "I do not think it was overwhelming," he told his young player. Similarly, Nagelsmann had previously taken decisions on the sidelines. There are probably not many coaches who bring a quarter forward for defensive media after less than an hour. Certainly not if they are still in an away game and numbered. But Nagelsmann changed Nelson Reiss to Florian Grillitsch and later brought along with Adam Szalai another aggressor.
The fans in Lyon whirled their team
The tactics of everything or nothing worked because a team that was significantly weaker than the mighty French players, once again believed in conditions in such good shape that they could win in dueling. The fact that they had made a game in the tenth, their coach was not so strange: "Since many have the idea that you have to run longer because one is missing."
Meanwhile, mood at Olympique Lyon seems to be quite fragile. In the middle of the second half, the fans had made a decent level of tension. But when players such as Nabil Fekir, Houssem Aouar or the reappearance of Memphis Depay are giving opportunities and sometimes provocative occasions, the mood was imposed: By replacing Depay there was a whistle for the Dutch, who a few days after a replacement coach Bruno Génésio had criticized. The game "Depays game was scandalous", found former international Christoph Dugarry as a commentator on a TV station. "He is simple, he only plays for himself." With 15 points in Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon's championship is only minor, a primary advancement in the Champions League primary goal.
By the 92nd minute, it seemed that the "OL" had reached its target in early November. But this is the race for the second place from now on as Fernduell.
Olympiakos Lyon – TSO Hoffenheim 2: 2 (2: 0)
1: 0 Fekir (19th)
2: 0 NDombele (28)
2: 1 Kramarik (65)
2: 2 Kaderabek (90 + 2)
Lyon: Lopes – Rafael, Marcelo, Morel, Denayer, Mendy – Ndombele (88th Cheikh), Tousart, Aouar – Depay (87th Traoré), Fekir (74th Dembele)
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Adams, Vogt, Bicakcic – Kaderabek, Demirbay (79th Nordtveit), Grillitsch (57th Nelson), Kramaric, Schulz – Belfodil, Joelinton
arbitrator: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Yellow Cards: Denayer / Grillitsch, Bicakcic, Vogt, Joelinton
Yellow-red cards: – / Adams