SC Freiburg 1-2 VfB Stuttgart

Posted on September 16, 2011


VFB STUTTGART moved two points behind the league leaders with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg tonight.

Goals from Martin Harnik either side of half-time secured the three points for Bruno Labbadia’s side who are in third until, at least, tomorrow afternoon. Freiburg’s talisman Papiss Demba Cisse pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining.

After last week’s thrashing in Munich, Marcus Sorg made three changes with Maxi Nicu, Pavel Krmas and Erik Jendrisek dropping out for Mesur Mujdza, Beg Ferati and Yanice Abdessadki.

Stuttgart started with the same eleven which beat Hannover at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on the last matchday with Shinji Okazaki starting just behind Cacau.

Freiburg 1-2 Stuttgart: 90 minutes

The game was 15 minutes behind schedule due to transport issues in the city but it didn’t have an effect on the home side who started on the front-foot with Papiss Demba Cisse involved in the first few openings.

Cisse, who has been strongly linked with a move away from Freiburg this summer, had an early shot past the right-hand post from the edge of the penalty area and a header from a corner which Sven Ulreich saved well.

But it was Bruno Labbadia’s men who came closest to opening the scoring on 15 minutes when Martin Harnik was played in by Khalid Boulahrouz’s throw-in and from a tight angle, he volleyed his right-foot shot past the far post.

Ulreich was a busy man in the early stages and he produced a fine save from Stefan Reisinger on 19 minutes.

Just after the half hour mark, Austrian Martin Harnik added his second goal of the campaign after a neat turn and shot at the edge of the box which Baumann could only parry in to the corner of the net.

Despite Stuttgart’s lead, Freiburg were spirited in their play and at the start of the second half, Ulreich had to be sharp to tip over Reisinger’s deflected free-kick.

Zdravko Kumzanovic has a habbit of scoring spectacular goals and he almost made it two in two weeks with a right-foot drive at the edge of the area which Baumann held on to in the greasy conditions.

Christian Gentner had a quiet match up until the 56th minute after a quick Stuttgart breakaway sent the wide-man on his way down the right but he opted to shoot from an acute angle rather than pass to Harnik.

Star striker Papiss Demba Cisse struggled for long periods of the second half and the closest Freiburg came was from a free-kick through Julian Schuster who fired over the top.

And the points were soon secured by the visitors with Harnik producing another excellent finish from the right-hand side of the penalty area, leaving Baumann helpless.

In the last 12 minutes, Marcus Sorg made a last-ditch attempt at rescuing the match with a change to 4-4-2 and Garra Dembele joining Cisse in attack.

The two-man strikeforce almost crafted a goal for the home side with Garra Dembele working in to space on the right-hand side and he drilled a low cross which Cisse wasn’t able to convert.

However, Cisse did get on the scoresheet on 84 minutes after combining with Schuster and then bundling the ball past Sven Ulreich.

Freiburg pushed for an equaliser and came within inches of adding a second goal when substitute Erik Jendrisek fired his shot from 20 yards over the crossbar.

The away side held on for a crucial three points which keeps them in touch with FC Bayern and Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga.

MOTM: Martin Harnik (Stuttgart)


Posted in: Matches