Goals: 1-0 Ginczek (38'), 2-0 Pavard (45'), 3-0 Terodde (82')
Red card: Söyüncü (12')
Freiburg’s hopes of earning a first Bundesliga away win of the season were dealt a significant blow after just 13 minutes of this, the first contest between these teams since 2014/15. After referring to Video Assist, referee Tobias Stieler sent Caglar Söyüncü off after the Turkey international’s deliberate handball impeded Ginczek’s route through on goal. Stuttgart dominated thereafter and hit the front when Ginczek nodded in Berkay Ozcan’s centre. It got even better for the hosts in first-half stoppage time, Pavard’s cleverly flicked header finding its way past goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow for 2-0.
Visiting coach Christian Streich introduced Ryan Kent and Florian Kath after the break and the latter soon volleyed wide in what was his team’s first shot of the game. Kent was subsequently presented with a fine opportunity to reduce the arrears, but the Liverpool loanee failed to find the target when played through by team-mate Janik Haberer. Those misses would prove costly, with Stuttgart wrapping up victory after Simon Terodde controlled Santiago Ascacibar’s deflected shot before applying the finish.