Stuttgart - VfB Stuttgart recorded their first home win of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over promoted side FC Ingolstadt 04.
Goals: 1-0 (Didavi 59’)
It was a lively opening at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with both teams looking to get forward as quickly as possible whenever they had the ball. The visitors spurned an opportunity to take an early lead when Australia international Mathew Leckie saw his penalty saved by Stuttgart keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. Timo Werner had the best chance to score for the hosts, but Ramazan Özcan saved well after the youngster had been put through by Geoffroy Serey Die.
Stuttgart did edge ahead midway through the second period when Florian Klein’s goal-bound shot was deflected in from close range by Daniel Didavi. Ingolstadt had chances to equalise soon after, but Tyton was able to block fierce efforts from Pascal Groß and Moritz Hartmann. Stuttgart were made to sweat late on when Serey Die was sent off after collecting a second yellow card, but they held on to earn a priceless victory and move off the foot of the table.
Man of the match
In the absence of main striker Daniel Ginczek, who is out until 2016 with injury, 19-year-old Werner led the line for Stuttgart. He may not have found the target, but his pace and willingness to chase balls down were a vital outlet for the hosts when fending off Ingolstadt’s attacks late on.
Not only was this VfB's first home win of the season, it was also the first time they have kept a clean sheet under new coach Alexander Zorniger.
- Tyton’s penalty save was the first time he kept out a spot-kick in the Bundesliga.
- Stuttgart defender Philip Heise made his Bundesliga debut in this game.
- Stuttgart had 12 shots on goal, Ingolstadt had 11.
Stuttgart: Tyton – Klein, Sunjic, Baumgartl, Insua – Die, Rupp – Harnik (Kliment 85’), Didavi (Schwaab 88’), Maxim (Heise 72’) - Werner
Ingolstadt: Özcan – Levels, Matip, Hübner, Suttner – Groß, Bregerie, Morales (Christiansen 77’) – Lex (Hartmann 46’), Hinterseer (Kachunga 72’), Leckie