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“Oh, how beautiful that is,” echoed by way of the now utterly accomplished Stuttgart Arena. In conserving with the gorgeous stadium, VfB – led by membership document goalscorer Serhou Guirassy – can be persevering with to work on its potential fairytale Champions League qualification.

Per week after the 1-0 win at rival Dortmund, the environment friendly Swabians left coach Sebastian Hoeneß Eintracht Frankfurt No likelihood at 3:0 (3:0).

This signifies that the third-placed Swabians stay degree on factors FC Bayern and don't give the impression that they might gamble away the premier class within the 5 remaining video games of the season within the Bundesliga. Theoretically, Stuttgart can now not be denied entry into the Europa League.

“It is extraordinary. When the stadium opens, we will qualify for an international competition for the first time in ten years,” stated VfB sports activities director Fabian Wohlgemuth on the TV channel Sky and praised the Swabians' willpower, precision and management of the sport. “This team needs no explanation, no goal, to want to win the game with a lot of greed in the next game.” Goalscorer Deniz Undav additionally expressed his enthusiasm: “We just want to play football. We're all having fun. When you win in front of fans like that, it makes you even more excited.”

Guirassy trumps Mario Gomez

VfB earned their success with effectivity of their eleventh league sport in a row with out defeat. In a one-sided first half, Guirassy (eleventh minute), who grew to become VfB's Bundesliga season document goalscorer, in addition to Undav (seventeenth) and Jamie Leweling (thirty seventh) took benefit of three probabilities to attain three objectives. The Frankfurt crew in sixth place needed to scale back their lead over FC Augsburg to a few factors within the battle for Europa League qualification.

In the transformed enviornment, the 60,000 spectators skilled a memorable scene early on. After a effective cross from Angelo Stiller, who had moved again into midfield, striker Guirassy was ripped off in entrance of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and set a Bundesliga season document for VfB. With his twenty fifth objective, the attacker trumped the previous nationwide striker Mario Gomez, whose earlier document (24) got here from the 2008/2009 season. The lead was initially not acknowledged due to an alleged offside place, however solely after a video assessment did referee Deniz Aytekin give it 1-0.

Stuttgart ice chilly

The hosts continued to make the most of their probabilities, took benefit of the friends' errors and celebrated once more only a few minutes later. This time the place to begin was a throw-in from Frankfurt. Eintracht defender Robin Koch couldn't preserve the ball towards the lurking Undav – and Guirassy's offensive associate didn't miss his alternative.

The Hessians, for whom midfielder Mario Götze was unavailable as a consequence of conjunctivitis, have been unable to cease VfB's offensive drive decisively sufficient – and even fell additional behind earlier than the break. Koch was concerned once more. His header try to clear the ball landed at Undav. Winger Leweling transformed his help.

Eintracht will get into the sport higher after the break

The Swabians have been in a position to deal with the lack of common goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. One day after it was introduced that the ailing keeper could be loaned out from FC Bayern to VfB, Nübel was changed by Fabian Bredlow. The substitute additionally bought the ball on his head throughout his save towards former VfB skilled Omar Marmoush and needed to be handled, however was in a position to proceed enjoying.

In the second half, Eintracht coach Dino Toppmöller despatched striker Hugo Ekitiké onto the pitch for Ansgar Knauff. And the friends, who have been now extra aggressive, discovered their manner into the sport significantly better. The Swabians took it straightforward and the Frankfurters had extra probabilities. Ekitiké missed a cross (72'). With a free kick proper on the sting of the penalty space, Marmoush pressured VfB goalkeeper Bredlow to make a save (76').

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