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Bundesliga: Zu viel gefeiert: VfB wird für Ahamadas Übermut bestraft


Status: 01/25/2023 06:16 a.m

After an unusual traffic light card for Ahamada, VfB Stuttgart missed the win in Hoffenheim in injury time. But nobody wanted to blame the high-spirited young professional.

Naouirou Ahamada must have sat in the cabin like a heap of misery. After the curious yellow-red card for the French midfielder in the 78th minute, VfB Stuttgart conceded the equalizer in the Bundesliga to make it 2-2 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The 20-year-old received the second warning for unsportsmanlike conduct because, while celebrating after captain Wataru Endo scored the opening goal, he climbed onto the stairs in front of the away block and celebrated with the VfB fans. After all, he had prepared the gate.

“The rule is there, that’s why yellow-red is correct. He’s a young player, that was a lack of attention on his part,” said sports director Fabian Wohlgemuth with mild forbearance. Coach Bruno Labbadia “didn’t even notice” the reason for Ahamada’s dismissal and had to be clarified by the fourth official. Labbadia didn’t want to blame the player, he felt sorry: “We’re dealing with a very young person: if you saw him in the cabin on the ground … mistakes are part of it.” Especially since the inexperienced unlucky raven had seen his first yellow card for complaining.

“It’s brutally bitter and extremely annoying”

In any case, Hoffenheim took advantage of the superior number against their national rivals and equalized in the fourth minute of injury time with the second goal of Croatian World Cup bronze medalist Andrej Kramaric. “It’s very bitter. The game tilts a little with the red card. If we don’t get it, I think we’ll leave the pitch as winners,” said substitute VfB professional Chris Führich in the Sky interview. In between, Serhou Guirassy had equalized for the relegation-threatened Stuttgart.

Even goalkeeper Florian Müller couldn’t believe that the Swabians’ first away win in more than a year didn’t work out. Especially since VfB would then have drawn level with Hoffenheim on points. “That would have been an absolute big point today. We fought, it’s brutally bitter and extremely annoying,” he complained.

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