September 29, 2012
Nurnberg 0-2 VfB Stuttgart
Stuttgart picked up a much-wanted away victory over Nurnberg to lift the pressure off their coach Bruno Labbadia.
Vedad Ibisevic gave the visitors the lead with the quickest goal in the Bundesliga this season inside the opening minute before Martin Harnik wrapped up the win in the 75th minute.
Stuttgart's players celebrated with their coach after claiming their first win of the season while consigning Nurnberg to a third successive defeat.
The pressure was mounting on Labbadia following the team's poor start to the campaign, but that was lifted a little in the very first minute when Ibisevic put the Swabians in front.
It was a gift for the Bosnian striker with Marcos Antonio playing a poor pass back to his goalkeeper and Ibisevic pounced to accept the gift as many of the fans inside the Frankenstadion were still taking their seats, placing his shot in from 10 yards with Raphael Schafer off his line after just 24 seconds.
Having settled down, the fans then saw Nurnberg seemingly draw level, only for the effort to be ruled out. Marcos Antonio headed the ball forward and Timm Klose turned it in from close range, but the linesman's flag cut short the celebrations.
Nurnberg, whose own coach Dieter Hecking will now have plenty of questions to answer, tried to respond, but struggled to create any serious moments of danger.
Stuttgart then cleverly struck on the break to make it 2-0 and wrap up victory.
Ibisevic was the provider for Harnik 15 minutes from time the Austria international threading his shot inside the near post, sparking celebrations on the touchline.
|1 Raphael Schäfer||1 Sven Ulreich|
|15 Timm Klose||6 Georg Niedermeier|
|4 Marcos António||5 Serdar Tasci|
|25 Javier Horacio Pinola||4 William Kvist|
|26 Timothy Chandler||21 Christian Molinaro|
|10 Timo Gebhart||2 Gotoku Sakai|
|18 Almog Cohen||26 Raphael Holzhauser|
|2 Timmy Simons||20 Christian Gentner|
|9 Tomas Pekhart||16 Ibrahima Traore|
|17 Mike Frantz||7 Martin Harnik|
|13 Hiroshi Kiyotake||9 Vedad Ibisevic|
|5 Hanno Balitsch||Francisco Rodríguez 14|
|3 Per Nilsson||Cacau 18|
|33 Alexander Esswein||Marc Ziegler 22|
|8 Sebastian Polter||Arthur Boka 15|
|14 Robert Mak||Zdravko Kuzmanovic 8|
|22 Peter Rakovsky||Tamas Hajnal 30|
|19 Noah Korczowski||Antonio Rüdiger 24|
|Hanno Balitsch for Marcos António (16)||Francisco Rodríguez for Serdar Tasci (45)|
|Alexander Esswein for Mike Frantz (57)||Cacau for Ibrahima Traore (58)|
|Sebastian Polter for Timo Gebhart (72)||Arthur Boka for Christian Molinaro (63)|
|Christian Molinaro (29)|
|Gotoku Sakai (86)|
|· Squads: Nurnberg | VfB Stuttgart|