WATCH: AWONIYI: "EVERYBODY'S DISAPPOINTED"
WATCH: MATARAZZO "HAPPY FOR FAGHIR"
Against the run of play and with just seconds left on the clock, Stuttgart equalise! Faghir does brilliantly to turn on the edge of the box and his shot takes a deflection off a defender and flies into the net!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
OVER FROM KLIMOWICZ
Klimowicz rises highest to meet a teasing cross into the box from the left, but he can't keep his header down and it flies just over the bar.
NO WAY THROUGH
Stuttgart are getting forward well and really going for it, forcing Union back into their own half. But, as has been the case for most of the game, they can't find a way through and haven't managed to seriously trouble Luthe in the visiting goal.
LAST THROW OF THE DICE
Stuttgart have made their last two substitutions as they bid to get a late equaliser, with Förster and Klimowicz coming on for Coulibaly and Führich.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Distance run (km)
JAECKEL HAS A GO
The Union defender strides forward and smacks a shot at goal from just outside the area, but he slices it narrowly wide of the near post.
FRESH LEGS FOR UNION
Behrens and Voglsammer take to the pitch, with Awoniyi and Becker the players to make way.
THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND
Attacking midfielder Didavi comes on for Kempf in a sign that Stuttgart are going to push for an equaliser in the closing stages.
VISITORS IN CONTROL
Trimmel whips in a cross from the right. Gießelmann is arriving at the back post and tries to get a head on the ball, but Kempf gets there first to clear.
The midfielder looks to be nursing a knock to the midriff and he's on a yellow card too, so a smart decision all-round to take him off. The more attack-minded Öztunali comes on in his place.
WHAT NOW FOR STUTTGART?
Karazor's sending off, the first of his Bundesliga career and a league-high 142nd for Stuttgart overall, leaves the hosts in a precarious position. Do they stick or twist? Pushing forward for an equaliser will leave them exposed at the back and vulnerable to Awoniyi's pace on the break. But they're already losing, so maybe they just go for it and hope to snatch an equaliser? Decisions, decisions...
STUTTGART DOWN TO 10 MEN
Karazor, who was only booked seconds previously, is shown a red card for a second bookable offence after a late tackle on Khedira.
Second yellow card
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo makes his first substitutions in a bid to kick-start a comeback, with Faghir coming on up front for Al Ghaddioui, and Mangala replacing Nartey in central midfield.
Hamadi Al Ghaddioui
LOVELY FROM UNION
Brilliant play from Union on the left as they recycle the ball after a corner was only half-cleared. Haraguchi dances into the box, draws a defender to him and then touches it back to Trimmel, who immediately shoots. His low effort gets trapped in a tangle of legs in a crowded box though, and Stuttgart eventually clear.
Trimmel does indeed curl a ball into the area, aiming for Awoniyi, but the box is crowded and a Stuttgart head manages to glance it clear.
Endo gives away a free-kick in a central position, about 40 yards out. It's ideal for one of Trimmel's devilish free-kicks into the box...
Stuttgart get the action started in the second 45 minutes.
ALL STILL TO PLAY FOR
Stuttgart have done well and had more of the ball. Some of their build-up play has been neat, but they just seem to run out of ideas in the final third, with Endo's curling shot from distance the closest they have come to scoring. Union, on the other hand, have looked very dangerous on the break, Awoniyi and Haraguchi causing the home defence plenty of problems with their power, pace and movement.
IMPORTANT AWONIYI GOALS
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AWONIYI CLOSE TO A SECOND!
A driving run forward from Haraguchi has the Stuttgart defence twisting and turning. The midfielder then slides the ball into Awoniyi's path and the forward shoots first time from just inside the box, but he's falling as he takes aim and his effort goes wide of the post.
ENDO ALMOST EQUALISES!
The Japanese midfielder spies Luthe a step or two off his line and tries to curl a long-range shot into the top corner, but the Union goalkeeper scrambles back to tip the ball wide for a corner.
Awoniyi grabs his seventh Bundesliga goal of the season, curling a delightful left-footed effort in from the edge of the box from Becker's pass. It's been coming, and now Stuttgart's task has got that much harder.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
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STUTTGART ON THE BALL
ENDO VOLLEYS OVER!
A first effort at goal from Stuttgart as Endo collects a laser-guided pass from Mavropanos. He's under pressure from a defender and manages to get a volley away, but can't keep it down and it sails well over.
TRIMMEL INCHES AWAY!
Brilliant from Becker down the left flank, shimmying away from his marker to get to the byline and flash a low ball across the face of goal. Trimmel is arriving at the back post but even at full stretch he's a whisker away from making contact and poking the ball over the line.
Trimmel floats a cross from the right towards the back post, where Becker is lurking. Mavropanos is alive to the danger though and glances the ball clear.
The visitors break forward at pace and Becker manages to squeeze a cross in from the right towards the front post. He's looking for Awoniyi, but a Stuttgart toe just gets to the ball first.
The Union attacker gets his head on a cross from the right and redirects it goalwards, but it's straight at Bredlow.
AWONIYI STRETCHING THE DEFENCE
The Nigerian forward sprints into space in the left-hand channel as he tries to fashion an opening. He's forced to check his run and pass back to a teammate, but he's looking lively so far.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling at the Mercedes-Benz Arena!
This will be the seventh meeting between these teams, but just their third in the Bundesliga. They shared the points in a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season, while Union earned a 2-1 victory at home in April this year. Before then, three of the first four matches ended in draws, including both games in the 2018/19 promotion / relegation play-offs, which Union ended up winning thanks to the away goals rule. Stuttgart triumphed in the other match in their history, 3-1 win in Bundesliga 2 in April 2017.
PREVIOUS MEETING: UNION BERLIN 2-1 STUTTGART
TEAM NEWS - UNION
The big news for the visitors is that start striker and all-round string-puller Max Kruse begins on the bench, given a breather following Union's exertions in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday. He's replaced up top by Sheraldo Becker, who makes his first Bundesliga start since 23 January this year. Former Stuttgart defender Timo Baumgartl begins in at centre-back for Marvin Friedrich.
TEAM NEWS - STUTTGART
Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Gladbach last week, with Hamadi Al Ghaddioui replacing the injured Omar Marmoush. Al Ghaddioui has been in the starting line-up in two home games already this season, scoring in each.
ALL SET AT THE MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA
STUTTGART STARTING XI
Bredlow - Mavropanos, Ito, Kempf - Karazor - Coulibaly, Nartey, Endo (c), Sosa - Al Ghaddioui, Führich
Schock, Stenzel, Mola, Didavi, Förster, Mangala, Klimowicz, Ahamada, Faghir
UNION STARTING XI
Luthe - Jaeckel, Knoche, Baumgartl - Trimmel, Khedira, Prömel (c), Gießelmann - Haraguchi - Awoniyi, Becker
Rönnow, Oczipka, Öztunali, Endo, Möhwald, Voglsammer, Kruse, Behrens, Teuchert
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