Bundesliga: Stuttgart pulls ahead of Bayern’s championship celebration

Status: 08.05.2022 20:04

VfB Stuttgart, threatened by relegation, achieved a deserved draw in the Bundesliga Bayern Munich before the championship trophy transfer. This means that VfB is basically safe in relegation place 16.

On Sunday (May 8, 2022), champions Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart split 2-2 (2-1). Tiago Tomás gave the visitors an early lead on the 33rd match day (8 ‘), but the pressure from Bayern forced an own goal from Konstantinos Mavropanos (35’). Thomas Müller turned the match around (44 ‘), but VfB striker Sasa Kalajdzic equalized (52’).

Due to the Stuttgart draw, Arminia Bielefeld is now virtually relegated. Stuttgart is still number 16 with 30 points, DSC is penultimate with 27, but has a much worse goal difference. VfB can still reach 15th place if they win and Hertha BSC lose on the last day of the game because Berlin (33 points) also has a worse hit record.

Matarazzo has not yet marked a direct relegation

VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo was pleased with the result on the sports show microphone: “We also had the chance to win the match with a little luck.” He did not want to tick off the direct relegation and pointed out matter-of-factly: “It’s our job to win next Saturday.”

His opponent Julian Nagelsmann was happy with the championship trophy, but admitted that it was “difficult” for him to switch off and celebrate: “Defensively, we admit too many chances against an opponent who is not playing a good season.” He still had a lot of work to do for next season, for example in terms of continuity.

Stuttgart is for Bayern just before kick-off trellis

Before the start of the match, Stuttgart Munich showed their respect and stood guard. It was completely different in the early stages of the game.

For suddenly, Stuttgart’s Omar Marmoush had a great chance to take the lead after a high ball in the run. Tanguy Nianzou sprinted and had his foot in between at the last minute (7th).

High balls lift Bayern, Munich defiantly

And high balls over the Bayern chain remained the preferred method for VfB. Again Nianzou was played out, again Marmoush put the turbo on and gave it to Tomas, who with a fantastic direct acceptance threw the ball under the crossbar.

Of course, the people of Munich did not like the prospect of a spoiled championship celebration. And then FCB got full throttle. Müller only hit the crossbar (12th), Leon Goretzka missed another top-class goal (13th). After conceding, Bayern were superior and had a good 75 percent of the ball possession.

VfB failed to convert chances – Nianzou with problems

VfB, who at least theoretically tried in a 3-4-3 not to open space for Munich wingers Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, lurked on a counter-attack.

In fact, this approach could have led to 2-0 to the visitors, but as so often this season, VfB also missed this opportunity. Marmoush missed his second big chance – clear in front of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – after Nianzou again revealed himself as a weak point (23 ‘).

Growing Bayern pressure too much to fool Stuttgart

But Bayern pressed on and rewarded themselves before the break: Joshua Kimmich, who played his 200th Bundesliga match, put on for Gnabry, whose conclusion was spread by Stuttgart’s Konstantinos Mavropanos over his own line to 1-1.

And then Müller used Dayot Upamecano’s pass with the pike to give Munich the lead – the match turned.

Kalajdzic header equalizer – Munich reveals shortcomings

Matarazzo apparently found the right words in the locker room, for after the restart, Stuttgart tried their best.

After Bayern’s Müller missed another great chance on the post (51 ‘), the visitors cheered: Sosa hit the crossbar, Nianzou lost the header duel with Kalajdzic. Only a little later could the latter have turned the match upside down again, but Kalajdzic did not manage to get ahead of Neuer (54 ‘).

Bavaria revealed weaknesses in the defense. In particular, the talent Nianzou often looked dissatisfied, and he finished the job after a good hour. He was replaced by Niklas Süle (63rd), who is moving to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer this summer.

Brave Stuttgart offers Bayern more than just pans

Stuttgart, driven by the tight situation in the table cellar, offered Munich more than just the forehead in the final phase. Substitute Philipp Förster from Stuttgart himself missed two top class goals (75/81.).

In a final phase with open visors, VfB goalkeeper Müller sent Robert Lewandowski’s shot on the crossbar (77 ‘) – goal number three for the hosts. Bayern’s Kingsley Coman saw the red card for an attack on the Mavropanos (90 + 5).

FC Bayern travels to Wolfsburg, VfB welcomes Cologne

On the last match day of the Bundesliga season 2021/22, Bayern Munich ends the season in VfL Wolfsburg. VfB Stuttgart welcomes you to 1. FC Köln (all matches on Saturday 14 May at 15.30).

Source: sportschau.de

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