Stuttgart Arminia Bielefeld celebrated her first win of the season in the Bundesliga and pulled VfB Stuttgart deeper into the relegation zone. In the heavily weakened Swabians, the East Westphalia won 1-0 (1-0) on matchday 11.
Masaya Okugawa (19th minute) shot the Arminia in front of 33,550 spectators on Saturday up to two points at the disappointing VfB. The success is also balm for the criticized coach Frank Kramer. However, the club managers had already expressed their trust in him in advance, regardless of the outcome of this worry duel, and can (for the time being) feel confirmed.
After the excruciatingly long wait for the first success, the return to the Mercedes-Benz Arena turned out to be a good omen for the Bielefeld team. On the 34th matchday of the previous season, the club had made perfect relegation thanks to a 2-0 win at VfB. It was the last victory that happened in the Bundesliga until Saturday.
Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s VfB, on the other hand, lost the next key game a week after the clear 1: 4 in Augsburg. The home side left the pitch as a deserved loser and could have lost more in view of several aluminum hits from the guests. The Swabians will long for the significant personnel problems to disappear during the international break.
Both coaches reacted to the defeats on the previous day and changed their starting lineups to six (Arminia coach Kramer) and four positions (VfB coach Matarazzo). Matarazzo was forced to do so because of the increasing staff worries. Striker Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, who had to drop out at short notice due to a cold, joined the ten failures. So the Swabians competed without a trained striker. The experiment with Daniel Didavi and Roberto Massimo in the front row brought nothing.
Surprisingly, the real left winger Borna Sosa started on the right and was involved in the first attacks. First the Croatian slid the ball over the goal from around 25 meters (13th), then Sosa and Daniel Didavi prepared the chance for Roberto Massimo (15th). VfB was only the slightly better team at the beginning – the lead for the guests fell out of nowhere. Okugawa appeared after a pass from Patrick Wimmer free in front of substitute goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow and remained calm in the end. The first chance brought it 1-0.
After that, little exciting happened, the hosts found it difficult. The possibility of Didavi, who did not shoot the ball into the goal from five meters away, but got stuck on the defense and was already offside (38th), was symbolic of the offensive problems.
VfB also seemed unimaginative in the second half. In view of the tight score, a point was possible for the hosts until the end. A 2-0 score for the guests was to be expected much sooner than the equalizer. Substitute Andres Andrade headed only against the post from a free kick 20 minutes from time. Amos Pieper and Janni Serra only hit the crossbar in the closing stages.
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