Torsten Lieberknecht’s side had gone into the game three points adrift at the foot of the table, but went in front after 24 minutes when Antonio Rüdiger’s rushed clearance fell straight to Jan Hochscheidt, who curled the ball into the far corner for his second goal of the season. Braunschweig’s lead didn’t last long, though, with Alexandru Maxim tapping home from close range six minutes later to put Stuttgart back on level terms, before Martin Harnik’s fierce low shot from the edge of the box put the Swabians ahead.
Bicakcic rescues Braunschweig
Stuttgart could have gone further in front six minutes after half-time when Daniel Davari bundled over Martin Harnik deep inside the Braunschweig penalty area. Davari made amends for his error, though, diving low to his right to save Christian Gentner’s spot-kick. Hochscheidt was then forced to clear Gentner’s inswinging corner off the line as Stuttgart pushed for a decisive third goal.
Eight minutes from time, however, Hochscheidt’s corner was scrambled home by former Stuttgart defender Ermin Bicakcic for the 24-year-old Bosnian’s first goal of the season. The 2-2 result does little to help either side's relegation woes, but Stuttgart will be relieved to have avoided a ninth consecutive Bundesliga defeat at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday.
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