Stuttgart – VfB Stuttgart succumbed to a fifth straight defeat of the season as FC Schalke 04 provided a smash-and-grab performance to win 1-0 thanks to Leroy Sane's solitary strike.
0-1 Sane (53')
Stuttgart were on the front foot immediately, setting a tone that was to persist throughout the first 45 minutes. All their game lacked was a goal, but it was not for the lack of trying. Timo Werner's curling effort brought the first save out of Ralf Fährmann with Timo Baumgartl, Daniel Ginczek, Christian Gentner and Alexandru Maxim adding their names to the list of Stuttgart players to try and fail to beat the omnipotent Schalke custodian.
There was almost an air of inevitability that Stuttgart would be made to pay for their profligacy, and that is precisely what happened early in the second half. Leroy Sane was sent through and his pace and skill did the rest as he turned Florian Klein inside out before sweeping his shot in. An air-shot from Baumgartl and Martin Harnik close-range miss summed up Stuttgart's day and season so far.
Man of the match
While Sane will take credit for the winning goal, Ralf Fährmann (l.) had an even bigger influence on this win. The Schalke custodian was simply unbeatable, making a series of spectacular saves and putting his head on the block to deny wave after wave of Stuttgart attacks.
Stuttgart have not picked up a single point from their first five games of the season, but on this evidence it is hard to see how that could be. With enough chances to win a handful of matches, and no real lack of accuracy in their shooting either, they were denied only by an inspired Schalke goalkeeper, who ensured the only statistic that mattered favoured the visitors with the hosts dominating the rest.
- Stuttgart had 26 shots to Schalke's ten.
- Schalke took a 1-0 lead for the 800th time in the Bundesliga.
- The Royal Blues have won 552, drawn 151 and lost 97 times after scoring first.
- Leroy Sane has scored three of his four Bundesliga goals away from home.
Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Baumgartl, Sunjic, Insua (Rupp 87') - Serey Die – Werner (Harnik 74'), Gentner, Maxim (Didavi 65'), Kostic – Ginczek
Schalke: Fährmann - Junior Caicara, Neustädter, Matip, Aogo - Goretzka, Geis – Sane (Höjbjerg 62'), Meyer (Höwedes 89') - Di Santo, Huntelaar (Choupo-Moting 71')