VfB Stuttgart took a big step clear of relegation danger and extended their unbeaten streak under Tayfun Korkut to four games with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, clipping the Eagles' wings after their recent surge up the standings.
Goals: 1-0 Thommy (13')
Frankfurt made an excellent opening to the game, with Danny Da Costa hitting the crossbar, but the opening goal came for the hosts in the 13th minute. Daniel Ginczek went close after rounding Lukas Hradecky, but his effort was cleared off the line by Marco Russ with the help of the post. The ball rebounded to Erik Thommy, though, and he gratefully accepted the gift for his first Bundesliga goal. With Holger Badstuber again playing just in front of the defence, Stuttgart rarely looked like conceding as the lead gave them confidence. The former Bayern Munich defender won almost 80% of his tackles in the first half while, at the other end, Stuttgart were willing to take aim on the Frankfurt goal with Thommy particularly productive, playing a hand in six of their first eight shots.
Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac responded by sending Marco Fabian on for Russ, but Stuttgart had an immediate chance to double their lead with an almost carbon copy of the opening goal, but this time Ginczek's effort was blocked to safety by Da Costa after the Stuttgart forward once again rounded Hradecky. Frankfurt doubled their efforts to find an equaliser, but a disciplined Stuttgart rearguard action left them no way through as they continued their turnaround under Tayfun Korkut with another three points.
Stuttgart: Zieler – Beck, Pavard, Baumgartl, Insua - Gentner (c), Ascacibar (81' Mangala), Badstuber, Thommy (67' Aogo) – Ginczek (90' Akolo), Gomez
Unused subs: Grahl, Asano, Donis, Kaminski
Absentees: Mane (ankle), Zimmermann (knee)
Coach: Tayfun Korkut
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Russ (46' Fabian), Abraham (c), Falette – Da Costa (74' Barkok), Hasebe, Gacinovic, Chandler – Wolf – Haller (65' Jovic), Rebic
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Fernandes, Salcedo, Tawatha
Absentees: Mandela (knee), Meier (ankle), Boateng (suspended), Willems (personal leave)
Coach: Niko Kovac
"One-nil to the Stuttgart" 💪— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) 24 February 2018
1-0 🆚 Gladbach
1-0 🆚 Augsburg
1-0 🆚 Frankfurt
Three games, three goals, three clean sheets, NINE points 🎉 pic.twitter.com/7tqKnyLnOl
- Tayfun Korkut remains unbeaten in four games as Stuttgart coach - their longest unbeaten streak of the season.
- Stuttgart have collected ten points in four games under Korkut.
- Korkut named an unchanged side for the first time since he took charge. The last time the same Stuttgart starting XI took to the field for consecutive games this season, they were beaten (1-0 by Werder Bremen in December)
- Frankfurt lost their first game when Marco Russ has played for them this season (previously six wins, four draws).
- Thommy netted his first Bundesliga goal with what was his 15th shot in Germany's top flight.
- Stuttgart have scored at least once in their last 20 games against Frankfurt.
- Only Bayern Munich (18) have conceded fewer goals this season than Stuttgart (27) and Frankfurt (27).
- Timmy Chandler was making his 100th competitive appearance for the Eagles.