VfB Stuttgart wins second division kick-off against Hannover 96
The VfB Stuttgart had denied in the preseason with the relegation against Union Berlin the last competitive game and had equal to the prelude of the new second division season to contest. The short break has obviously made good use of the VfB: The Stuttgart won the relegation duel with Hannover 96 2: 1.
The Germany-born Mario Gomez (29th minute) and Daniel Didavi (36th) had brought the hosts 2: 0 lead. Even before the break, 96 had come back through an own goal of the newly substitute Maxime Awoudja.
In front of more than 52,000 spectators in the not sold-out Stuttgart stadium, the guests looked after by returnee Mirko Slomka had initially left the better impression and worked out the first chances of the new season. The goal of Stuttgart was therefore rather surprising, Gomez utilized a Sosa flank to the lead, Didavi built a short time later with a directly converted free kick the lead for the team of the new coach Tim Walter. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who changed from VfB to Hannover, did not look very happy.
Hope germinated for 96 when Awoudja fabricated an own goal. It was the very first touch of the young VfB professional, who only came in for the injured Kaminski a minute earlier.
In the pouring rain after the break, the game lost to level. VfB got along better with the conditions, now the team earned the lead. Didavi, Gomez and Ascacibar were left with no good chances to improve the result, but the league's promotion favorites were no longer seriously endangered. Especially since Hannover had the last half hour after the yellow-red card for Matthias Ostrzolek to deny with ten players. Stuttgart's Awoudja also got the traffic light card shortly before referee Felix Brych's final whistle.
VfB Stuttgart - Hannover 96 2: 1 (2: 1)
Gates: 1: 0 Gomez (29)
2: 0 Didavi (36.)
2: 1 Awoudja (own goal 39.)
Stuttgart: Kobel - Stenzel, Kaminski (35th Awoudja), Kempf, Sosa - Karazor - Ascacibar, Castro (88th Mangala) - Didavi - Gomez, Al Ghaddioui (71st Klement).
Hannover: Zieler - Sebastian Jung, Franke, Anton, Ostrzolek - Bakalorz - Haraguchi (61st Ducksch), Prib (70th Albornoz) - Maina (77th basket), Muslija - Weydandt.
Referee: Felix Brych
Yellow-red cards: Awoudja for repeated foul play (85.) - Ostrzolek for repeated foul play (64.)
Yellow cards: Ascacibar, Karazor, Klement, Didavi - Anton