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Bundesliga, 17. September 2022

Home defeat against clinical Frankfurt

VfB Stuttgart were beaten 3-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 7, with all three of the visitors’ goals coming from set plays.

Early setback

Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side fell behind after just six minutes when Florian Müller parried Daichi Kamada’s free-kick into the path of Sebastian Rode, who nodded home from point-blank range. The contest developed into a midfield battle after that, with Chris Führich and Atakan Karazor spurning VfB’s best opportunities in the 14th and 37th minute.

Further set-piece goals

VfB emerged for the second half with renewed urgency but the visitors struck again ten minutes into the second half, Kamada’s direct free-kick taking a deflection off Waldemar Anton which wrong-footed Müller. Stuttgart continued to search for a route back into the game and were rewarded for their efforts when Tiago Tomás pulled one back with another deflected effort in the 79th minute.  Tomás’ goal set up a tense finish, but Kristijan Jakic nodded in a corner with two minutes remaining to make it 3-1 to the visitors.


6th minute (0-1): Rode gets on the end of a free-kick and nods Eintracht in front.

55th minute (0-2): Kamada’s free-kick takes a deflection off Anton on its way past Müller.

79th minute (1-2): Tomás tries his luck from the edge of the area and pulls a goal back via another deflection.

88th minute (1-3): Jakic heads home a corner to complete the scoring.


VfB head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo: "We're not happy with our performance. In the first half in particular we didn't start well. Conceding three goals from set pieces hurts. In the second half we had a short period where we did well, but once they made it 3-1 just before full time it was game over. It's important for us to push ourselves to the limit, and we didn't do that today."

Waldemar Anton: "We were too sloppy with our passes in the first half. We didn't win the second balls and then we conceded from a set piece. In the second half we conceded a second goal from a direct free-kick during a period when we were playing well. It's hard to come back from that against a team playing in the Champions League. There were a lot of things missing from our game today."

7. Spieltag: VfB - Eintracht Frankfurt