Goals: 0-1 Havertz (21'), 0-2 L. Bender (80')
The will was there for the hosts, but something was getting clogged up in their movement, while Leverkusen's slicker, swift approach drew first blood in the 21st minute. The irrepressible Leon Bailey dribbled – or rather danced – his way in from the left and cut the ball back for Kai Havertz, who slotted his shot first time into the bottom corner. It was a clinical move and finish, and ultimately deserved with the guests having six shots on goal to Stuttgart's solitary effort in the first half.
Emiliano Insua struck the sweetest of efforts to sting the fingertips of Bernd Leno, whose top-drawer save kept his side ahead early in the second half. Leno's one-handed save denied Berkay Özcan moments later, before the last line of the Leverkusen defence raised the barricades again to deny Insua instinctively. At the other end, Benjamin Henrichs was denied his first Bundesliga goal by the post before Lars Bender headed in from a corner to extend Leverkusen's unbeaten streak to 10 games.