- Few would have been more excited than the Leipzig Timo Werner about their meeting with Stuttgart The youngest player to make a competitive appearance for his hometown club, facing them for the first time was always going to be an emotional moment. Leipzig, who can boast a win against Dortmund, and a first victory in the Champions League in their last two fixtures, had to wait until midway through the first half to make their breakthrough. Marcel Sabitzer replaced Bruma after he injured himself in the warm up, and just as well.
Sabiztzer bagged his second goal, and as many Bundesliga games, in style. The lead was nothing less than they deserved. Leipzig dominated the first half, but had trouble mustering another shot on target. Werner, of course, did threaten his former club's goal. A fraction away, however, from doubling the host advantage. The striker was back in the starting 11 for the first time in three games, and not looking rusty. At half time, Ralph Hasenhuttl could have been satisfied with the lead and the performance of his muchly rotated team. Stuttgart without so much as a point away from home this season, tried in vain to carve out chances.
Their first attempt on target came five minutes into the second half. Takuma Asano, on only his third top flight start, the first to test the Peter Gulacsi. That chance briefly gave Stuttgart belief of getting something out of the game, and their next opportunity was certainly worthy of a goal. Asano on the end of Andreas Beck's cross, and the Japanese star attempt almost resulted in a first goal in the to remember, only the post denying Asano's back heel from being a goal of the weak contender.
That was, however, as good as it got for Hannes Wolf's men. Despite a packed calendar, Leipzig kept pushing for another. The chance fell to second half substitute Kevin Kampl. Had it flown in, this would have been his first Bundesliga goal since scoring against Leipzig for Leverkusen last November. His account is still not open for his new employers. The result caps a three win successful seven day period for Leipzig, while Stuttgart's woes on the road continue. Leipzig 1, Stuttgart 0.