VfB Stuttgart extended their winning streak to four matches courtesy of an impressive 4-2 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Red cards: Didavi (67'), Zambrano (75')
Frankfurt’s Szabolcs Huszti issued an early warning less than a minute into the game, forcing Przemyslaw Tyton into a reflex save with a stunning first-time volley. However, it was Stuttgart dominated the opening stages at the Commerzbank Arena. Filip Kostic and Daniel Didavi both saw efforts fly wide, but Christian Gentner went one better 27 minutes in, slotting in coolly to break the deadlock for the visitors, before Didavi made it two in added time courtesy of a fine improvised finish from the edge of the six-yard box.
Alexander Meier pulled one back for Eintracht shortly after the restart, but the Eagles’ hopes did not last long as Gentner’s pinpoint cross found Georg Niedermeier inside the box 13 minutes later and the centre-back headed home to restore the two-goal advantage. Jürgen Kramny’s charges kept up the pressure and Filip Kostic all but sealed the three points 14 minutes from time after Carlos Zambrano followed Didavi down the tunnel following his second bookable offence. Hustzi’s first goal in Eintracht colours right at the end proved nothing more than a consolation.
Man of the match
Despite being sent off for a second bookable offence late on, Didavi showed once again just why he is one of German football’s hottest properties, pulling the strings in the Stuttgart midfield and scoring his ninth goal of the season.
Since taking over from Alexander Zorniger ahead of Matchday 14, Kramny has led Stuttgart on a six-game unbeaten run following defeat to Borussia Dortmund in his first match. After looking down-and-out, Stuttgart are now taking great strides to safety.
- Didavi is now on nine goals, equalling his personal season record from the 2011/12 season when still at 1. FC Nürnberg.
- Stuttgart have won each of their away games in which Gentner founds the net (away to Frankfurt, Hannover 96 and 1. FC Köln).
- Meier has scored ten of his 11 goals this season at the Commerzbank Arena.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Regäsel (Gacinovic 73'), Zambrano, Ayhan (Ben-Hatira 46'), Oczipka - Stendera, Russ - Aigner (Medojevic 78'), Fabian, Huszti – Meier (c)
Stuttgart: Tyton - Großkreutz, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Insua - Serey Die - Rupp (Klein 81'), Gentner (c), Didavi, Kostic (Maxim 85') - Werner (Kravets 64')