Status: 22/09/2023, 23:02 p.m.
Stuttgart's Serhou Guirassy (r) scored to make it 3-1 against Darmstadt goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen (l). © Tom Weller/dpa
VfB's run in the Bundesliga continues. Thanks to the 3-1 win against newly promoted Darmstadt, Stuttgart are at the top of the table for the time being - once again, striker Guirassy is the key.
Stuttgart - Serhou Guirassy and VfB Stuttgart continue to shake up the Bundesliga and climb to the top of the table, at least temporarily. The Swabians turned the game around against the newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98 on Friday evening and won 3-1 (2-1) after falling behind.
After an own goal by VfB centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou (17th minute), Enzo Millot equalised on Guirassy's assist (22nd). The 27-year-old then scored the lead himself ten minutes later and the third goal was also scored by the league's top scorer with ten goals (90+2).
With four wins from five games, VfB take first place, but could be overtaken by the competition again this weekend. After winning their first point against Borussia Mönchengladbach last Sunday (3-3), the visitors are still waiting for their first win after their return to the top flight.
"At VfB, things are going like sliced bread. If you look at the prerequisites, we seem to have almost no chance," Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht said before the game. But in the first few minutes, his team held out thanks to a good defensive staggering and great commitment.
In the offensive, however, the "lilies" hardly appeared. Nevertheless, they were allowed to cheer out of nowhere. VfB in the person of Zagadou helped enormously. He was doomed by a pass from Tim Skarke, which he steered past goalkeeper Alexander Nübel into the goal.
In front of 54,000 spectators, the Stuttgarters, who are equipped with great self-confidence, did not let themselves be unsettled by the setback. "For us, it's important to accept the fight and play our game," Stuttgart coach Sebastian Hoeneß had prepared for a "challenge". He did not want to be blinded by the 13 goals that Darmstadt had already conceded before the start of the fifth matchday.
In the first two home games, Hoeness' team had won 5-0 against VfL Bochum and Europa League participants SC Freiburg - never before had a club in Bundesliga history started so much in front of a home crowd with a goal difference of plus ten goals. And VfB were also able to celebrate against Darmstadt after 22 minutes. Guirassy cleverly laid on Enzo Millot - 1:1. The hosts dominated the game, had more ball action, won more tackles and rewarded themselves with a remarkable goal from Guirassy before the break.
Darmstadt tried to find their way back into the game against the best offense in the league via physicality - in vain. Even after the restart, the Swabians presented themselves more determined. Again it was Guirassy who missed the first opportunity (53rd).
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On the other side, Lieberknecht would have liked to have been awarded a penalty, but referee Matthias Jöllenbeck decided against blowing the whistle. After that, it was Stuttgart's turn again.
However, the supposed 3:1 by Chris Führich was withdrawn by the video referee due to an offside position (65th). Just a minute later, Marcel Schuhen saved from Guirassy and Millot slipped away on his shot attempt. Doubts about a home win arose again in the final phase because Darmstadt increased. But Guirassy made the decision in injury time with a lifter. Dpa