WATCH: JONAS HOFMANN ON COMEBACK GOAL
WATCH: JOE SCALLY ON 'MASSIVE THREE POINTS'
Herrmann's only been on the pitch a matter of seconds but his fresh legs did the trick here. Receiving Kone's pass on the right he races away from Sosa and smashes an angled drive into the far corner. Game over.
THREE ADDED MINUTES
We're into stoppage time now... can Stuttgart grab the draw their second-half display has deserved?
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
2.Tiago Barreiros de Melo Tomas34.12km/h
3.Silas Katompa Mvumpa33.84km/h
UNREAL SAVE FROM SIPPEL!
A cross from the right is met inside the six-yard box by Guirassy, who pokes it at goal. Normally those go in, no questions asked, but somehow Sippel reacts quickly enough to hook the ball clear! How important could that be?
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER?
On comes Gladbach's long-serving playmaker for the final few minutes. Can he settle the nerves with a late goal?
Gladbach with more defending to do as Silas tries to work some magic. Kone is there with the block, though. He's been a rock on his return to the starting line-up.
Vagnoman meets a trademark Sosa cross, but the VfB substitute can't find the target. Big chance!
Hofmann asks the question with a teasing ball into the VfB area. Kramer makes his move, but Müller gets there first. Superb goalkeeping.
Somebody's been watching the NHL. Mavropanos completely blocked the run of Thuram as he threatened to chase down a ball over the top.
CHANCE NOT TAKEN!
In a central position in the Stuttgart area, Thuram completely miscues his attempted shot. He's kicking himself!
The pace of Silas with 20 minutes to go could really stretch Gladbach. Vagnoman's also on at right-back, after seven games out.
Stuttgart use the flanks to get a couple of balls into the box, but the Gladbach defence stands firm. It feels like another goal is in the offing...
ANTON TO THE RESCUE
Thuram plays in Hofmann, but Anton slides in to make a heroic block before the Gladbach goalscorer can pick his spot.
WORTH A POP!
Gladbach move it well as Plea finds Thuram. Hoffman takes on the first-time shot from 18 yards, but doesn't catch it right and the ball bobbles harmlessly wide.
12 times under pressure
The stats don't favour Stuttgart - they haven't won away in the Bundesliga for almost a year, after all - but they're having a decent spell.
Führich is causing Gladbach problems as he lashes a shot wide from the edge of the area, when the pass out to his right was perhaps the better option.
Führich's attempted cross catches Scally on the hand, but the referee gives him the benefit of the doubt.
Situation No penalty
Decision No penalty
RUN, AHAMADA, RUN!
The space opens up for Ahamada as he strides through midfield. He makes it into the penalty area before an attempt is made to close him down. The Stuttgart midfielder gets a shot off first, though, with Sippel doing well to block after it took a deflection off Friedrich.
GLADBACH ASKING QUESTIONS
Gladbach immediately on the attack with Kone, who wins a corner. The Foals retain possession after Hofmann's delivery is cleared. Kone then takes aim from distance. It takes a deflection, forcing Müller to parry to safety.
AS YOU WERE
No changes in terms of personnel. Let's hope the quality of the football stays as it was, too.
HALF-TIME! GLADBACH 2-1 STUTTGART
Thuram is penalised for impeding Müller's attempts to claim a Hofmann free-kick, before the whistle sounds for the half-time break. It's been a superb first 45 of football, shaded by Gladbach. More of the same, please!
TIME ADDED ON
Three added minutes at the end of a captivating first half...
Plea cuts a ball back to the edge of the area. Bensebaini hits it first time, but the Algerian's goal-bound shot is blocked by Mavropanos.
THE PENDULUM SWINGS...
That goal has lifted Stuttgart. They're moving the ball with confidence and purpose. Gladbach are suddenly second best.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
1 off target
4 on target
5 off target
2 on target
We're being spoilt at Borussia-Park! Tomas receives Sosa's pass into his feet on the corner of the Gladbach box. The Sporting loanee has his back to goal, but rolls Friedrich with a wonderful piece of skill and steers a fine finish into the far corner. Game on!
SO FAR, SO GOOD
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
2.Naouirou Mohamed Ahamada32.24km/h
3.Emmanuel Kouadio Koné31.90km/h
Brilliant again from Plea to split the Stuttgart defence. Scally goes down as Müller races out to intervene - the US defender wants a penalty, but doesn't get one.
Situation No penalty
Decision No penalty
WHAT A GOAL!
Sippel's pass out from the back isn't the best, but the ensuing passage of play is a beauty to behold. It's gorgeous one-touch stuff to help the ball up to Plea. He holds off two Stuttgart shirts, before guiding an audacious outside-of-the-boot pass into the feet of Thuram. Gladbach's top scorer takes it in his stride as he goes into the box, and dispatches beyond Müller for his joint-league-leading ninth goal of the Bundesliga season.
Mavropanos loves a strike from range. The Greek defender takes aim from a good 25 yards, sending a wicked hit bouncing past the right-hand post.
The xG rating highlights the quality of Hofmann's strike - the Germany international's fourth this Bundesliga season. The Foals are unbeaten this term when he's been on target (W1, D1).
HOF THE MANN
The Stuttgart striker gets between two defenders, before firing off a low shot that Sippel is able to gather at the second attempt. VfB giving as good as they get...
Bensebaini is booked for raising an arm towards Anton. The referee goes to review the incident, but stands by his initial decision to brandish a yellow card.
Situation No red card
Review Violent conduct?
Decision Yellow card
Stuttgart are at sixes and sevens as Kramer clips a pass into the box for Plea. He has Stenzel pulling at his jersey, but stays on his feet to get off a shot that Müller does really well to block at point-blank range.
OFF THE BAR!
Stuttgart are inches away from drawing level. Guirassy meets Sosa's cross, flicking a header towards the far post. Tomas is at full stretch to direct it goalwards, but his effort goes behind off the top of the crossbar.
ON THE VOLLEY!
Bensebaini with a full-blooded volley from the left-hand side of the area. It's the sort of cultured strike you'd expect from a left-footer, but just too close to the goalkeeper, who beats it away.
PLEA-SED TO BE OF ASSISTANCE
That was Plea's sixth assist of the Bundesliga season. The Frenchman's been thriving out wide under Farke.
WHAT A START!
Gladbach are off to a flyer! Bensebaini slides a pass to Plea on the left-hand side. He whips it over, behind the run of Thuram, but weighted perfectly for the late-arriving Hofmann, who tucks in a beauty of a side-footed finish from 12 yards.
MORE ON THOSE TEAMS
Jonas Hofmann returns for Gladbach, but Yann Sommer misses out once more. Kouadio Kone and Tony Jantschke also come in. Lars Stindl is on the bench, while Nico Elvedi misses out altogether. Stuttgart are without defenders Dan-Axel Zagadou and Hiroki Ito, with Pascal Stenzel and Konstantinos Mavropanos their replacements. Tiago Tomas is preferred to Silas in attack.
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WATCH: UNION 2-1 GLADBACH
"An evening game at Borussia Mönchengladbach is a challenge for any team. We’re looking forward to it. Gladbach are a team with a lot of individual quality. They have a lot of possession and are capable of producing dominant performances. We want to be compact and play with intensity, as well as being courageous and direct.
KONE READY FOR THE CHALLENGE
Gladbach, by contrast, have one of the best home records in the Bundesliga this season, winning four and losing two, while scoring over two goals per game on average.
AWAY DAY WOES
While Stuttgart's record against Gladbach gives them cause for optimism here, they have not won a single game on their travels so far in 2022/23, drawing three and losing their two most recent away games. Only three teams have a worse record on the road in the Bundesliga this season: Leipzig, Schalke and Bochum.
You could be forgiven for assuming Gladbach have the better record in this fixture, but it's actually VfB. The Swabians have won 41 of the 100 Bundesliga meetings to date, compared to Gladbach's 29, with 30 draws. Stuttgart are also unbeaten in their last five games against the Foals (W3 D2) and have won 15 of the 50 match-ups at Borussia-Park (30 percent), with Gladbach winning just once more on home turf (16).
WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT?
Gladbach are still missing a number of big-name stars, including goalkeeper Yann Sommer, right-back Stefan Lainer as well as Ko Itakura and Florian Neuhaus, while Jonas Hofmann is a doubt. VfB are in a better situation personnel-wise but must still make do without central midfielder Enzo Millot and winger Tanguy Coulibaly, with Dan-Axel Zagadou and Josha Vagnoman both racing to be fit in time.