The international break came at the perfect time for Stuttgart, they had plenty of work to do in order to turn their season around. The hosts for the weekend’s last match have started poorly and sit bottom of the table with just one win and draw, the rest being defeats. With Hannover winning the earlier match on Sunday the pressure was really on for Stuttgart to match that result.
As for Ingolstadt they’ve found life in the Bundesliga a lot easier than they would’ve expected. There’s plenty of football left to play, however Ingolstadt fans can continue to dream as their club sits in seventh place going into the game against Stuttgart. A win for Die Schanzer would take the club into a very impressive fourth place and keep their unbeaten run away from intact.
Stuttgart started well and their first chance of the game came inside the first two minutes, from a corner Martin Harnik managed to beat his marker to the ball and he headed just wide.
A minute later the Austrian caused a massive problem at his own end, a wild kick at the ball saw him bring down Benjamin Hübner in the area after kicking the back of his heel. Mathew Leckie stepped up for Ingolstadt and it was an awful penalty down the middle and Przemysław Tytoń was the hero saving with his legs.
Timo Werner had an opportunity from a few yards out, unfortunately for him as he turned and fired his shot Romain Brégerie slide in to make a terrific block.
A mistake from Ingolstadt gifted a chance to Stuttgart and Werner was fed through by Serey Dié, however he couldn’t make the most of his chance striking the ball straight at Ramazan Özcan.
Ingolstadt were making the most of their attacks and they forced Tytoń into action once again before the twenty minute mark. A lovely cross from the right picked our Stefan Lex and the forward’s header forced Tytoń to save to his left.
The visitors came close once again moments later, once again a cross from the right cause problems. This time the ball was just behind Lukas Hinterseer, however he managed to control and on the turn his shot was well blocked as Toni Šunjić flung his body at the strike.
As the game went on the defences grew stronger and chances were hard to come by, just after the half hour mark Werner had another opportunity. Daniel Didavi delivered a freekick to the back post, Harnik was there to head across goal and sadly for Werner he couldn’t get his head to the ball and it was cleared for a corner.
Didavi tried his luck from range earlier in the game and it flew miles over the bar, on the brink of half time he tried his luck again and this time was a much better attempt. The low effort bounced off the surface and Özcan got the slightest of fingertips on the ball to put it wide.
Stuttgart started the half well and they had a chance early on, Werner broke forward and played the ball wide to Alexandru Maxim a the Romanian came inside and curled his effort over the bar.
The second half was the same as the first, both defences were on top and it was a tightly fought contest. The breakthrough finally came on the hour mark, right back Florian Klein cut inside onto his left and his strike was heading towards the bottom corner. Team mate Didavi broke through and gave it the slightest if flicks to put the effort past Özcan. The home side were off celebrating, Ingolstadt however were outraged as the officials failed to give the offside against Didavi.
The angered Ingolstadt started to cause problems and Pascal Groß shortly after seeing his side go behind pulled off a brilliant strike which was flying into the top left corner. Sadly for the visitors Tytoń brilliantly flicked the effort over to deny them once again.
The Pole was having a great game in the Stuttgart goal and he denied Ingolstadt a number of times. Shortly after Groß’ effort he flicked another effort over the bar, this time it was Moritz Hartmann’s venomous effort from range.
Ingolstadt had the most of the possession as Stuttgart looked to see out the result. Ingolstadt struggled for ideas, however they almost had a breakthrough when Hartmann controlled a ball in the area and broke away from his marker, his cut back to Leckie was stopped by Timo Baumgartl who put the ball just wide of his own goal.
The pressure increased on Stuttgart as Dié picked up a second booking four minutes from time after he clipped Max Christiansen as he started to get away.
Despite Ingolstadt piling on the pressure and having just ten men for the last few minutes Stuttgart remained strong and the first ever meeting between the two sides ended with a Stuttgart victory. Ingolstadt will be disappointed with the officials who robbed them of a point. Stuttgart won’t care as they grab their first home win of the season to jump off the bottom of the table.
Up next for Stuttgart they have the tough task of defeating Bayer Leverkusen, as for Ingolstadt they’ll look to bounce back against Hertha BSC at home.
Article for VAVEL Bundesliga.