It was English week in Germany and this saw VfB Stuttgart travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday and they were looking to make an instant bounceback from their shock defeat to Hannover on the weekend.
As for Gladbach they were looking to get back to winning ways after their 2-2 draw away to Augsburg on Sunday.
The hosts started the game very well as they dominated Stuttgart, unfortunately for their fans they couldn’t create any chances which forced Przemysław Tytoń into making any saves.
Stuttgart did manage to earn a dangerous freekick just after the ten minute mark, Daniel Didavi took the set piece and although he picked out Timo Werner, the youngster could only head wide of Yann Sommer’s goal.
Gladbach took the lead after sixteen minutes, Håvard Nordtveit played a fantastic cross field pass from the left to pick out Fabian Johnson. The American showed great control and composure to beat the fullback and play the ball back to Thorgan Hazard and the Belgian had an easy tap in from a couple of yards out.
After continuing their dominance Gladbach came close to scoring another after the half hour mark and they should’ve scored. Mahmoud Dahoud was halted just inside the area and the ball fortunately fell to Raffael, his pull back found Lars Stindl who poked the ball just wide of the post.
Just before half time the home side went agonisingly close to doubling their lead. Raffael played the ball in from the left and managed to find Hazard, the goalscorer let fly and Tytoń somehow managed to get his fingertips to the effort and the ball cannoned off the crossbar. Hazard was allowed a follow up chance, however Tytoń was there once more and this time he was able to keep hold of the effort.
Stuttgart needed to change something and at half time they did just that with a double change. Artem Kravets was one of those changes and he was able to grab an early second half chance. The Ukrainan got on the end of Filip Kostić’s cross from the left, however his header was matched by Sommer, nevertheless it was a positive sign from the visitors.
Gladbach finally grabbed their second of the game on the hour mark. They worked the ball well from the left and Martin Hinteregger centered the ball after being picked out inside the area. The pass was a loose one, however there was a confusion between Tytoń and Christian Gentner which allowed Raffael to steal the ball away and on the turn fire into the empty net.
A third soon followed for Gladbach and it was a very impressive impact from Patrick Herrmann. The midfielder came off the bench for the first since recovering from injury and thirty seconds later he scored. Dahoud picked up the ball and calmly slotted the ball through to the onrushing Herrmann, who excellently finished across goal and into the corner.
Stuttgart was allowed to attack more often as Gladbach sat back deeper and looked to see out the result. Depsite this Stuttgart still struggled to get anything going in the final third and Sommer remained largely untested.
Right at the end of the game Stuttgart conceded a fourth, Herrmann fired in a good cross but there were no white shirts in sight. Tytoń left the cross much to the surprise of Kevin Großkreutz and the ball trickled in off the fullback’s shin.
It’s another loss for Stuttgart after what was a impressive unbeaten run before the loss to Hannover, they have to recover from back to back losses against the in-form Hoffenheim. As for Gladbach they have a tough test ahead on Saturday as they face Wolfsburg away from home.