A one-sided first half came to life in the 18th minute when Shinji Okazaki met Alexandru Maxim’s come-and-get-me cross and planted a header just past the post. Stuttgart were by far the more adventurous of the two sides, with Ibrahima Traore rifling an 18-yard effort against the woodwork and Wolfgang Hesl saving from Martin Harnik shortly before half time.
However, the hosts were made to pay for not making more of their chances as Fürth took a shock 51st-minute lead. Edgar Prib stole a march on Gotoku Sakai who, in his attempt to wrestle back possession, only succeeded in diverting the ball into this own net.
Stuttgart's task was made a whole lot harder when Antonio Rüdiger was shown a needless red card with 16 minutes left on the clock, but Prib was unable to beat Sven Ulreich from the spot. The Stuttgart stopper was helpless to prevent Furth ramming home their man advantage, though, as Ilir Azemi delivered the knockout blow two minutes from time.
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