With his second and third goals of the season, RB Leipzig's Dominik Szoboszlai (centre) made the decision against Stuttgart
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RB Leipzig won 2-1 (1-0) against VfB Stuttgart at the start of the second half of the Bundesliga season.
With few chances, RB scored two worth seeing goals from Dominik Szoboszlai (25th, 49th) after individual mistakes by Stuttgart.
Stuttgart's goal (68th) was followed by no more gasping.
At Leipzig, coach Marco Rose made two changes compared to the last game against Schalke.
David Raum started at left back and replaced Halstenberg, on the sixth Amadou Haidara started instead of Konrad Laimer.
At VfB Stuttgart, coach Bruno Labbadia had to do without five regular players due to injuries and suspensions.
Things got interesting at the top of the Stuttgart squad, where Thomas Kastanaras made his debut alongside Chris Führich and Luca Pfeiffer – the latter replacing VfB top scorer Serhou Guirassy, who was out with stomach problems.
After the last two draws against Mainz and Hoffenheim under new coach Labbadia, VfB Stuttgart got off to a brisk start - and had a noticeably better physique than under ex-coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.
The Swabians kept up well for more than 20 minutes and even had the best chance so far (9th) through Kastanaras, who tested Janis Blaswich from the right edge of the penalty area.
Leipzig scores with a second shot on goal and then controls the game
Then Endo fouled Dani Olmo 30 meters in front of the Stuttgart goal and Dominik Szoboszlai converted the free kick directly (25th).
The ball landed in front of VfB goalkeeper Florian Müller and bounced into the top left corner.
The Swabian goalkeeper looked unhappy during the action.
It was only Leipzig's second shot on goal and the first directly on goal.
RB then controlled the game and came up with his few chances overall via winger Raum, who alone served André Silva three times in an exemplary manner (23rd, 32nd, 34th).
In the second half, Stuttgart almost used the first opportunity to equalize with a still sleeping Leipzig defense team, but Nikolas Nartey's shot went wide of the goal on the left (46').
On the other hand, it was too easy for Leipzig: Josha Vagnoman’s unsuccessful header landed via Silva at Szoboszlai, who skillfully took the ball and shot the second contact from the edge of the penalty area into the left corner of the goal – VfB goalkeeper Müller had no chance this time ( 49.).
After a Nartey cross, Josko Gvardiol then had his hand on the ball. Führich converted the penalty due down left to make it 1-2 for VfB (68').
RB goalkeeper Blaswich had guessed the corner, but came too late.
Stuttgart now seemed more alert, but quickly gave possession back to Leipzig, who ultimately deservedly won.
It was Leipzig's eighth win in eight games against VfB.
RB Leipzig has been unbeaten in 16 competitive games.