Masaya Okugawa took advantage of Bielefeld’s first chance to score the goal of the day in the 19th minute. After a through pass from Kevin Wimmer, the Japanese was free and kept his nerve in front of VfB goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow. “I am happy to have helped my team with the goal. Actually, it is a shame that the international break is coming because we now have a good feeling for the next games”said Okugawa after the game.
Best chances missed
Towards the end of the game, Arminia also had to tremble again. That wasn’t necessary. Because both Andres Andrade (70th), Amos Pieper (83rd) and Janni Serra (86th) only hit the post and crossbar from the best final situations. “I said to the assistant coach: That’s Bielefeld“, said striker Fabian Klos and was not too disappointed with the missed opportunities. In the end, a goal was enough against a weakened and offensively extremely uninitiated Stuttgart.
“Luckily we used our first chance to score and then defended it mercilessly as a team”Klos continues, found words of warning amid the collective relief: “I don’t want to put the brakes on euphoria now, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. We know how difficult it is to keep the class with Arminia again, but we will do everything for it.”