How the game goes:
At VfB there were three changes in the starting lineup compared to the trip to Heidenheim: Maxi Mittelstädt, Enzo Millot and Jamie Leweling starting for Anthony Rouault, Wooyeong Jeong and Silas. The team with the ring on their chest entered the game with confidence, dominated the match and had a great chance to take the lead in the eleventh minute. After former VfB goalkeeper and current Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel committed a foul on Deniz Undav, Chris Führich took the penalty. But his shot was missed by Gregor Kobel.
However, the missed penalty did not dampen the red and white offensive push. On the contrary: VfB earned one opportunity after another. Deniz Undav and Enzo Millot had a double chance in the 20th minute, Jamie Leweling scored in a promising position in the 23rd and 31st minutes. But they all failed because of the outstanding Kobel. Defensively, the team with the red ring on their chest did not allow a single shot on goal to their opponent until the 36th minute. As a result, Dortmund surprisingly took the lead with their dangerous first goal through Niclas Füllkrug (see “Goals”). However, VfB responded through Deniz Undav before the break and got back into the game. In injury time, Enzo Millot had a good chance to make it 2-1 with a header, but like his teammates he was denied by Gregor Kobel. We thus went into half-time with the score 1-1 after a first half in which VfB was clearly the team that dominated the match – as can be seen, among other things, from the goal statistics of 16-2 .
Good start to the second half and good conclusion
VfB also started the second half with a lot of speed and a great opportunity to score. Chris Führich pushed the ball just past the far post from a mid-left position (53′). The Dortmund team continued to have few offensive actions, but was always dangerous with its rare attacks. Marcel Sabitzer hits the post in the 62nd minute.
In the second half of the match, two recently injured players returned to the pitch, Josha Vagnoman and Serhou Guirassy. It was the latter who scored the winning goal and gave his team a deserved home victory, even if the second half was much more balanced and competitive.
Read the whole match in the VfB live ticker.
36′: Dortmund’s Julian Ryerson serves Niclas Füllkrug with a flat cross from the right, which he only needs to push to the far post to make it 1-0.
42nd minute: Jamie Leweling intercepts Hiroki Ito’s long throw from mid-right in the penalty area and deflects the ball to Deniz Undav, who pushes it into the net to make it 1-1.
83rd minute: after a foul by Gregor Kobel on Silas, Serhou Guirassy scores the penalty and converts it safely to make it 2-1.
Sebastian Hoeneß, VfB coach: “We wanted to go for it from the start and create pressure. We did it well. We created opportunities. The management of the missed penalty and the goal conceded was top notch. It was important for us to equalize before half-time. With 1:1 we were rewarded for our efforts. In the second half the game was no longer so clear. We had phases that we had to overcome and prevent in the form of a counterattack. A round of applause also goes to the defense guys. We defended the situation well and just before we missed the 2-1, but we did it. This makes me proud. The team’s reaction was exceptional. We wanted to push ourselves to the limit and we succeeded. Ideally we wanted to achieve a good result and we succeeded. We are happy about it.”
Edin Terzic, Borussia Dortmund coach: “Congratulations to Stuttgart for the victory and the performance. VfB deserved to win. We made a lot of mistakes in the first half. Apart from Gregor Kobel’s performance and the result, nothing went right in the first half. We discussed things during the break and wanted to improve them. After the change of sides things improved a little, but still not good. Apart from Marcel Sabitzer who hit the post, I don’t remember any dangerous attacks. It’s a deserved defeat and a disappointing day for us.”
Deniz Undav: “It’s crazy. The fans pushed us to this victory. We should have decided the match earlier. The progress of the match also shows what mentality our team has. The boys fought very well.”
For Josha Vagnoman, the substitution against Dortmund was synonymous with his first appearance of the season.
As part of the next international round, VfB will play a friendly match against 1 on Thursday 16 November (kick-off 2pm). FC Nürnberg on the VfB Club pitch. Tickets are still available in the VfB online shop and the match can also be seen on VfB TV and the VfB YouTube channel. In the Bundesliga, VfB continues with the away match at Eintracht Frankfurt. The match will take place on Saturday 25 November at 18:30 (on the VfB live ticker and on VfB radio).