Stuttgart - VfB Stuttgart suffered a UEFA Europa League hangover as they were pegged back by 1. FC Nuremberg to take only a point from a 1-1 draw.
Ibrahima Traore’s 51st-minute goal was not enough for Stuttgart to win their second game in a row as Markus Feulner levelled in the 77th minute to earn the Bavarians a point.
With the tiredness from a fruitful trip to Genk still in their legs, Stuttgart appeared happy to just sit back and let Nuremberg do all of the early running. The Bavarians enjoyed more of the ball, yet the home side punctuated their possession with arguably the better chances. The first was a weak header from Martin Harnik when he should really have tested Raphael Schäfer, who was made to work even harder to turn Vedad Ibisevic’s header away just before the break.
Stuttgart opened the scoring early in the second half when Traore, who only ever scores at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, grabbed his fourth goal for the club, pouncing on a parry from Schäfer who found Harnik’s shot too hot to handle. Stuttgart took heart from their lead, but it became a case of role-reversal when, during their best spell of the match, Nuremberg levelled.
Feulner makes point
Following the arrival of a fourth Japanese player onto the field in Shinji Okazaki, Feulner turned the screw to net his third of the season, Nuremberg’s first away from home in 2013, bringing Der Club level and earning them a point.