NAfter a few gloomy weeks and bitter defeats, VfB Stuttgart finally sees light again. The bottom of the table celebrated his second win of the season on Saturday, the first under new coach Markus Weinzierl. The 2-0 success at the newly promoted 1. FC Nuremberg by Timo Baumgartl (68th minute) and Erik Thommy (82nd) was the result of a finally courageous performance, in which the will to win of VfB was felt from the beginning , Curiously, VfB, ranked seventeenth on points and equal to Fortuna Dusseldorf, slipped to 18th place despite his success. Dusseldorf was at the same time still more hungry.
The Franks on the other hand, staying in fifteenth place, are in the middle of a relegation battle after a few decent matches. The resilience and the playful class of FCN were not enough on Saturday before 50,000 spectators in the sold-out Max Morlock Stadium, the Swabians effectively put in the way.
Weinzierl's opening record after his first three work samples as successor to the dismissed Tayfun Korkut was disastrous: three games, three defeats, 0:11 goals. But now, after the duels with the much better teams from Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Frankfurt, VfB scented a chance to crash course correction. The "club" that had risen again in the summer seemed to be an opponent at eye level as table fifteenth. Both traditional clubs, the Franks with nine German championship titles, the Swabians with five, are currently far from the good old days. "A victory could be very, very healing," said the long-suffering Weinzierl before the encounter in the basement of the league. His hope was completely fulfilled.
The Stuttgart proved in the first 45 minutes, at least more courage than before. The VfB determined this encounter on a long manageable level with more ball possession (56 percent), more won duels and a more self-confidence. However, VfB could not celebrate a goal as little as the "club" that was severely limited in the first 45 minutes. Mario Gomez, the Stuttgart international, was the next to go when his attacking colleague Gonzalez served the ball perfectly after a handsome assault (39 '). The old scorer, however, had visibly obscured his visor and thus missed his dream destination by far. On the other hand, Zrelak offered an opportunity when the lively Dutchman Misidjan alluded to him and the Slovak shot just past the gate (22). But that was it for the moment with the noteworthy chances in a fighting game, which was dominated on both sides by the defensive forces.
Advantages continue at VfB
Fresh pepper only came into play after the break. The "club" as well as the VfB reinforced their efforts for the desired first goal. But on the one hand the Stuttgart goalkeeper saved Zieler Kerk low shot (55), and on the other shot Gomez at his next chance on the Nuremberg goal (57). Overall, it was now more lively as over there. A fitness problem, as it was said the Stuttgart after the 0: 3 against Frankfurt, was not recognizable at Weinzierls players.
The benefits continued to lie with VfB, who finally thrilled his 10,000 fans, as center-back Baumgartl took advantage of Bauer's failed header defense after Aogo's corner kick and volleyed the 1-0 for Stuttgart. An energy performance that adequately reflected VfB's performance this afternoon.
It was even better for the Stuttgart, as the newly substitute Thommy with a powerful shot under the bar of the Nuremberg gate made the 2-0 and thus revived the hopes to be able to free themselves from the biggest mess in the foreseeable future. The followers of the Swabians have already set the tone for this. Blessed with happiness they sang the old German stadium hit in anticipation of further victories: "Oh, how is that nice!"