3:3 equalized in 90+8: Stuttgart saved itself for a draw in a wild final phase

3:3 equalized in 90th + 8th
Stuttgart saves itself to a draw in a wild final phase

Until well into stoppage time, it looked like the first league defeat since January 20th: But Deniz Undav saved his VfB Stuttgart against Heidenheim. A confident performance from Stuttgart was followed by a furious finish from the promoted team. Double packer Tim Kleindienst scores within a few seconds, but VfB hits back.

Anniversary tarnished, the first opportunity wasted: VfB Stuttgart’s surprise team has negligently missed the opportunity to crown its brilliant season. In the 1000th home game in the home stadium, victory and thus a place in the European Cup were within reach, but after a wild final phase, young national player Deniz Undav saved VfB at the last second, a 3:3 (1:0) against them 1. FC Heidenheim.

“If you’re leading 2-0 at home, you can’t give up a game like that,” said national player Maximilian Mittelstädt disappointedly on DAZN after the wild 3-3 (1-0) in Stuttgart’s anniversary game. With a win, the surprise team would have been able to celebrate their entry into the European Cup and would have moved within one point of the great FC Bayern in the table. As third in the table, Stuttgart is still seven points ahead of RB Leipzig in fifth place in the race for the Champions League places.

For the clearly better Stuttgart team, Serhou Guirassy took the lead with his 23rd goal of the season (41st), Angelo Stiller (53rd) increased. But an own goal by goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (62′) and a lightning brace from Tim Kleindienst (84′, 85′) turned the game around for the guests, and Undav (90’+8) saved the point in the wild final phase. Nikola Dovedan (90th + 6) had recently been shown a red card for a serious foul.

“We’re leading 2-0, but in the end we can’t be satisfied with the draw. We can’t let that go,” said goal scorer Stiller, who scored for the first time for VfB. “If things go really badly, we’ll go into half-time 0-3, we have to be honest about that,” admitted Heidenheim’s Jan-Niklas Beste.

Early Guirassy goal disallowed

Coach Sebastian Hoeneß changed his successful team once; ex-Dortmunder Mahmoud Dahoud replaced Atakan Karazor and celebrated his starting eleven debut for VfB. In the anniversary game, which took place in front of over 60,000 spectators for the first time after the renovation of the European Championship stadium was completed, Hoeneß also relied on his DFB quartet Maximilian Mittelstädt, Deniz Undav, Waldemar Anton and Chris Führich. Hoeneß had said in advance that he hoped that they would “take the momentum that they brought to the national team with us.”

Stuttgart celebrated early. After a counterattack via Führich and Undav, top striker Guirassy scored (8th), but the goal was disallowed due to offside following a VAR decision. Stuttgart remained in control, and after Guirassy’s assist, Undav was denied by Kevin Müller (13′). The keeper also held strong with Guirassy’s header from a few meters (17′).

As a result, the guests got VfB under control a little better. Undav repeatedly dropped back as a hanging leader and acted as a ball distributor. Führich (39th) also failed in the direct duel due to Müller. VfB then took the lead and Guirassy completed another nice combination with his knee after an assist from Angelo Stiller to take the deserved lead.

Nübel initially thwarted Heidenheim’s best opportunity; in a duel against Jan-Niklas Beste, the goalkeeper was there with his foot shortly before half-time. Shortly after the break, the hosts supposedly made everything clear, Stiller stayed cool in front of Müller and this time finished it himself.

When VfB had everything under control, Nübel made a serious mistake. He dropped a header from Kleindienst and the ball rolled over the line to score. However, his team reacted strongly and continued to press offensively. Substitute Silas hit the post (74th), and Kleindienst scored ice-cold on the other side.

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