FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Stuttgart earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory over promoted Darmstadt on Sunday to lift itself out of the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.
An own goal by Gyoergy Garics in the 68th and a strike by Timo Werner deep into injury time gave Stuttgart a four-point cushion to bottom-place Augsburg and dealt Darmstadt its first defeat on the road.
Garics’ attempt to head away a cross from Christian Gentner at the far post ended up in his own net, after Darmstadt’s goalkeeper Christian Mathenia had foiled two good chances for Stuttgart.
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Werner, who had headed against the crossbar in the second half, secured the win by shaking off a defender and rounding Mathenia to finish a counterattack.
That proved to be the final touch of the match. Darmstadt is now 13th.