- VfB Stuttgart deservedly lose 1: 3 against RB Leipzig.
- The deciding 1: 2 by Marcel Sabitzer is preceded by a controversial action.
- It is the eleventh defeat of coach Markus Weinzierl in the 15th game. His future is uncertain.
The goal, which sent VfB Stuttgart much deeper into the misery, was a beautiful one. Marcel Sabitzer, who had acquired the mustache and hairstyle of a French sword fencer, twirled a free kick centimeter on the trajectory between the wall and goal-angle to the decisive 2: 1 into the net. Goalkeeper Zieler was powerless – you could hardly blame anyone in Stuttgart from this side of the scene, not even Ozan Kabak, the 18-year-old who caused the free-kick with an action against Yussuf Poulsen at the edge of the box.
The free-kick decision of referee Felix Zwayer was controversial – both players fell to the ground, it was not clear in the pictures, who was responsible for the fall. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler complained after the game before the SkyAnyway, the microphone is bitter about this whistle, Mario Gomez said: "I do not say anything more". Even Poulsen said: "You can interpret that in both directions."
But one point or even a victory, the VfB had not really earned in this 1: 3 against RB Leipzig. The performance was not as disastrous as a week before at 0: 3 in Dusseldorf – but that's about it. After the early Leipzig lead by Poulsen in the sixth minute after a hair-raising VfB defense performance Stuttgart resembled by a controversial hand penalty (the ball flew Willi Orban from close range to the hand) (Steven Zuber, 16th minute).
Ex-VfB pro Timo Werner was considered with whistles in almost every action, but the Stuttgart annex with a provocative kiss gesture even more against it. Leipzig were fortunate that they did not have to go into the break with a late goal: In a header from Kabak (45. + 2) Sabitzer saved in dire need, in the 64th minute Santiago Ascacibar managed a good shot, the Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi defused.
On the plus side, the only thing that mattered for a long time was that Stuttgart managed to hold on to Leipzig 1-1, up to Sabitzer's free-kick in the 68th minute and Poulsen's decision after a counterattack six minutes later.
Weinzierl commented on the game: "We showed a great reaction after the gap, we were closer to the second goal than Leipzig, we needed that, the situation to 1: 2 decided the game, that was a questionable free kick the counterattack because we want too fast, too much. "
Towards the end, the fans in the Canstatter Kurve sang that they were fed up. There were posters against President Wolfgang Dietrich and whether coach Markus Weinzierl may remain in the 15th game after the eleventh defeat is questionable. The new sports director Thomas Hitzlsperger gave him a so-called job guarantee only until this game. He'll give the coach all his energy, "by the time we realize I have to try something different," he told Sky before the kick-off. Weinzierl himself said: "We have shown a different face than in Dusseldorf, that was a clear increase in performance, I do not worry about my future."