VfB Stuttgart downed ten-man Baden-Württemberg rivals Freiburg to remain unbeaten at their Mercedes-Benz Arena in Germany's top-flight this season, Daniel Ginczek, Benjamin Pavard and Simon Terodde with the goals for Hannes Wolf's promoted side.
Goals: 1-0 Ginczek (38'), 2-0 Pavard (45'), 3-0 Terodde (82')
Red card: Söyüncü (12')
Freiburg’s hopes of earning a first Bundesliga away win of the season were dealt a significant blow after just 13 minutes of this, the first contest between these teams since 2014/15. After referring to Video Assist, referee Tobias Stieler sent Caglar Söyüncü off after the Turkey international’s deliberate handball impeded Ginczek’s route through on goal. Stuttgart dominated thereafter and hit the front when Ginczek nodded in Berkay Ozcan’s centre. It got even better for the hosts in first-half stoppage time, Pavard’s cleverly flicked header finding its way past goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow for 2-0.
Visiting coach Christian Streich introduced Ryan Kent and Florian Kath after the break and the latter soon volleyed wide in what was his team’s first shot of the game. Kent was subsequently presented with a fine opportunity to reduce the arrears, but the Liverpool loanee failed to find the target when played through by team-mate Janik Haberer. Those misses would prove costly, with Stuttgart wrapping up victory after Simon Terodde controlled Santiago Ascacibar’s deflected shot before applying the finish.
- Stuttgart are enjoying their longest unbeaten home run (eleven matches) since their title winning campaign of 2006/07)
- Die Schwaben are the 2017/18 season's second-best team at home, but sit bottom of the away standings. They are the only team to have picked up all of their points at home.
- Stuttgart have a better wins-to-games ratio against Freiburg than against any other Bundesliga club .
- Freiburg have conceded a league-high 20 goals this season.
- Stuttgart and Freiburg are the only two Bundesliga teams both unbeaten at home and winless on their travels this season.
Stuttgart: Zieler - Beck, Baumgartl, Pavard, Insua - Ascacibar, Burnic (Grgic 85') - Akolo (Ailton 73'), Özcan - Asano – Ginczek (Terodde 67')
Coach: Hannes Wolf
Freiburg: Schwolow - Koch, Schuster (c), Söyüncü - Stenzel, Höfler, Günter - Frantz - Niederlechner (Kent 45'), Terrazzino (Kath 45') - Haberer (Petersen 75')
Coach: Christian Streich
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