Double leadership from Deniz Ondava and Serou Guirasy led Stuttgart to victory over Werder Bremen. In their first match together as starters, both strikers scored in Saturday’s 2-0 (1-0) win for the Swabians. Undave, who had once been expelled from Werder’s youth team, initially rewarded the hosts’ excellent performance with a lead (17th minute). Ghirasi made the decision by converting the penalty (75.)

The surprise team in the Bundesliga secured third place in the table behind Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich and successfully prepared for the round of 16 of the German Cup against Borussia Dortmund. Bremen, who were weak away from home, started with defeat in the final push to Christmas, which coach Ole Werner described as trend-setting.

In front of 54,500 spectators in a sold-out arena, VfB coach Sebastian Hoeneß carried out his opening attack, without counting two goalscorers Ghirasi and Undava. Undav, who grew up near Bremen, once had a painful experience at Werder. As a teenager, the attacker was unable to assert himself and has since given up professional hopes. In the cold, he showed once again why he is so valuable as a loanee in the Premier League for the Swabians, who are playing in a special jersey this time around.

Undav with the first goal

Together with his strike partner Ghirasi and his other attacking colleagues, the striker was getting closer and closer to scoring. Silas Katompa Mvumpa (6th) had the first chance, then Undav shot wide of the Bremen goal after a corner from the right (9th). Guirassi also missed the lead several times, once after several doubles with Undav (11th). Then it was time to celebrate Stuttgart’s goal: Undave kicked the ball over the goal line. Captain Waldemar Anton stopped Michael Zetterer and the Werder goalkeeper allowed the ball to rebound.

The hosts confidently dominated the game, but with further good chances they missed the second goal for a long time. Ghirasi’s goal was disallowed for offside minutes after a 1-0 lead (21 minutes), Ghirasi’s shot from a tight angle went wide just before half-time (40 minutes). Undav unsuccessfully made a long-range shot before the half-time whistle (45 minutes). Bremen, on the other hand, hardly entered the game in attack and were repeatedly exposed to danger in defense.

After the break, one of Bremen’s rare attacking actions occurred. On the other side, however, the situation immediately became much more dangerous than when Mitchell Weiser finished (49′): Guirassi, the Swabians’ top scorer, missed his next big opportunity on his first start due to a muscle injury and the strain of the international trip (51′). ./61.).

It was only after the penalty that Ghirasi, as usual, kept his cool and converted the play down the middle. According to referee Bastian Danckert, the scorer himself was fouled by substitute Nicklas Stark. Residents of Bremen expressed urgent protest. VfB national team player Chris Furich received help on the street in front of the stage and received the ball from Werder goalkeeper Zetterer (dpa/best)


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