Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hoffenheim first to last continues with loss to Wolfsburg

1899's spiral down in the Rückrunde continued with a 4-0 blowout at the hands of Wolfsburg. The loss deepens the clubs misfortune since the restart as they have drifted to ninth in the table with only a single win in 2009.

If there is a positive for Ralf Rangnick's side it was that they held first place Wolfsburg scoreless for the first sixty minutes. That aside the walls came crashing down as Edin Džeko opened the scoring at the sixty-sixth minute and added two more goals within the next twelve minutes. Once on a roll the combination of Džeko,Zvjezdan Misimović and Grafite tore apart 1899's defenders. To add to the problems Andreas Beck was shown a red-card late via a penalty call that Grafite converted to make it 4-0.

Quite possibly the most difficult situation is Ralf Rangnick's ultimatum to walk out unless signficant investment is made in the off-season. While that might be the truth, using the media to lobby for investment with threats to leave the club is no way to turn a losing streak around in the final month of the season.