Goals: 1-0 Ginczek (5’)
Korkut’s home debut in charge of Stuttgart got off to the perfect start when Daniel Ginczek, restored to the starting XI alongside Mario Gomez, put the promoted side in front after just five minutes. He was played clear by his strike partner after Jonas Hofmann was dispossessed on the halfway line and able to calmly slot home his fourth goal of the campaign unopposed. The Foals had a golden chance to level the game midway through the first half when Ron-Robert Zieler failed to hold Hofmann’s powerful drive, but Thorgan Hazard couldn’t re-adjust his feet in time to put home the rebound. Gomez came close to doubling the lead shortly after but he failed to connect at the far post with Christian Gentner’s cross from the right in a first half of few chances.
Gladbach brought on forward Raffael for the second half as they looked to add impetus to their attacking play, and were almost immediately rewarded when Lars Stindl fired wide. The action after the break continued much like the first half with most of the play taking place in midfield. It wasn’t until the 74th minute that either side registered a shot on target when Gentner failed to connect properly with a curling effort and fired straight at Sippel. Substitute Josip Drmic had the Foals’ best of the second half when he latched onto a loose ball following a corner, but it went agonisingly wide after travelling through a body of players. Santiago Ascacibar came close to wrapping up the points for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box, but Stuttgart had already done enough for a first win under Korkut.
- Korkut had failed to win any of his last 11 home games as a Bundesliga coach. His last victory came on 16 December 2014 when his Hannover side won 2-0 against Augsburg.
- Stuttgart have now won just two of their last 10 Bundesliga games. They’d lost three of their previous four home games without scoring a goal.
- VfB have won all seven home games this season where they’ve scored the first goal.
- Gladbach have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season, also failed to score in two matches in a row for the first time in 2017/18.
- Borussia are the only side to have lost their last five away games. They’ve managed just one goal in that time.
- The Foals were unbeaten in seven Bundesliga matches against VfB (W5, D2), including wins in their last four for the first time against Stuttgart. The DFB Cup encounter last season made that five victories in a row.
Stuttgart: Zieler – Beck, Baumgartl, Pavard, Insua – Thommy (Badstuber 65’), Ascacibar (Kaminski 90'), Gentner (c), Aogo (Mangala 66’) – Ginczek, Gomez
Unused subs: Meyer, Özcan, Akolo, Donis
Absentees: Mane (thigh), Zimmermann (knee)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut
Gladbach: Sippel – Jantschke, Ginter, Vestergaard, Elvedi – Hofmann (Bobadilla 76’), Kramer, Zakaria (Drmic 63’), Grifo (Raffael 46’) – Stindl (c), Hazard
Unused subs: Nicolas, Oxford, Herrmann, Cuisance
Absentees: Wendt (muscle sprain), Johnson (back), Strobl (knee), Traore (muscular), Sommer (muscle)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
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