VfB Stuttgart picked up their first win under Markus Weinzierl and first in four matches, but remain bottom of the Bundesliga standings despite beating promoted Nuremberg 2-0 at the Max-Morlock-Stadion on Bundesliga Matchday 11.
Nuremberg 0-2 VfB Stuttgart
Goals: 0-1 Baumgartl (68'), 0-2 Thommy (82')
Stuttgart arrived in Nuremberg in all sorts of trouble at the foot of the standings, but gave as good as they got in a tense first half. After Nuremberg's Georg Margreitter glanced an early header wide, Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner fired narrowly off target with the first meaningful effort of the afternoon. Adam Zrelak was next to try his luck, although the Nuremberg forward knew little about the opportunity as Andreas Beck's attempted clearance cannoned back off the Slovakian and wide. Mario Gomez spurned the clearest opening of the half when he skewed wide with the entire Nuremberg goal to aim for following a driving left-wing run from Nicolas Gonzalez.
Neither goalkeeper had had a single save to make in the first period, but the game caught fire soon after the restart. Nuremberg forward Sebastian Kerk's low drive forced a sprawling stop out of Ron-Robert Zieler, who reacted brilliantly to block Virgil Misidjan's close-range follow-up. Stuttgart responded in kind, only for Gomez to balloon over when well placed inside the Nuremberg box. The visitors made their next chance count, though, with Timo Baumgartl powering Dennis Aogo's half-cleared corner through a ruck of bodies with 22 minutes of normal time remaining. Christian Mathenia's sensational double save denied Gentner, before substitute Erik Thommy's thunderous strike made the points safe - although Nuremberg's Matheus Pereira did have an effort ruled out for offside in added time.
- Baumgartl scored his first Bundesliga goal on his 78th appearance in the German top flight.Nuremberg failed to score at home for the first time since March.Thommy's effort was his first goal of the season.Stuttgart kept only their second clean sheet of the season.Stuttgart had gone 375 minutes without scoring prior to Baumgartl's breakthrough.Six of Stuttgart's eight Bundesliga goals this season have come on the road.Stuttgart's Antonis Aidonis (17) made his senior debut.
Nuremberg: Mathenia – Bauer, Margreitter, Mühl, Leibold – Misidjan, Fuchs (Pereira 83'), Rhein, Behrens (c) (Petrak 70'), Kerk (Palacios 56') – Zrelak
Unused subs: Bredlow, Ewerton, Knöll, Erras
Absentees: Ishak (knee), Lippert (knee), Löwen (knee), Valentini (thigh)
Coach: Michael Köllner
Stuttgart: Zieler – Baumgartl, Kempf, Pavard – Beck, Gentner (c), Ascacibar (Aidonis 90+1'), Aogo, Maffeo (Thommy 77') – Gonzalez, Gomez (Akolo 90+2')
Unused subs: Grahl, Castro, Didavi, Sarpei
Absentees: Badstuber (calf), Donis (thigh), Insua (suspended), Kliment, Meyer (both knee), Sosa (pelvis)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl