The successful home series of VfB Stuttgart under the direction of interim coach Michael Wimmer continues thanks to a last-minute goal. In a duel between two table neighbors, the Baden-Württemberg team beat Hertha BSC 2-1 (1-1) thanks to a late goal by Konstantinos Mavropanos (90 minutes, 8 minutes).
VfB took the early lead through Serhou Guirassy (4th minute). Dodi Lukebakio made the Berliners dream of at least one point for a long time (19th). But then Mavropanos struck from a Borna Sosa corner in added time. With the victory, the Stuttgarters leave the relegation place, Hertha's view goes further down.
Shortly before, VfB had to cope with a moment of shock: after a painful header duel with Ivan Sunjic, captain Wataru Endo was carried off the field after lengthy treatment.
Not much was missing against Hertha and a ninth early goal would have been added. However, Lukebakio's failed scene was the only wobble in the early stages. And unlike in many previous games, this time VfB managed to strike themselves. After a pass from Tiago Tomás, who was involved in a goal in the third game in a row, Guirassy appeared in front of Hertha keeper Oliver Christensen and scored.
Both teams met in an intense game at eye level. Guest coach Sandro Schwarz, who made no changes compared to the 2: 3 win against FC Bayern Munich, had also predicted such a game. "It will be a competitive game. We have to defend well and take our chances," he said.
And his team took advantage of one of the few opportunities. Because Silas missed the 2-0, Lukebakio equalized. Borna Sosa lost sight of crosser Jonjoe Kenny and Waldemar Anton the scorer. Hertha almost turned the game around before the break. Defender Hiroki Ito, who was one of three fresh players in the starting XI, saved Lucas Tousart's header off the line.
Wimmer's plan to take the fans with him and play forward with force worked for a long time. "That's how I imagine our football to be," said the 42-year-old, whose future will be decided during the World Cup break. However, Silas and Tiago Tomás rarely used the speed advantages against the Hertha defense. Nevertheless, it was still enough to win - because Mavropanos hit his head at the last second.