VfB Stuttgart achieved a convincing 3-1 win against Hamburger SV in the second leg of their promotion/relegation play-off, securing their spot in the upcoming Bundesliga season. With an impressive overall score of 6-1 in favor of Stuttgart, they demonstrated their dominance.
Similar to the first leg, the home team wasted no time in taking the lead. Sonny Kittel scored a powerful long-range goal for Hamburger SV in the sixth minute. The hosts continued to control the game, displaying quick ball movement and relentless pressure. Although VfB initially struggled, their goal in the 17th minute by Serhou Guirassy was disallowed due to an offside call after a VAR review.
Scoring opportunities were scarce in the fast-paced match. Hamburger SV applied more pressure before halftime, with Robert Glatzel narrowly missing the target in the 40th minute. VfB’s goalkeeper, Florian Müller, was called into action twice during stoppage time.
VfB Stuttgart emerged stronger in the second half and equalized in the 48th minute when Guirassy assisted Enzo Millot, who calmly finished to level the score. This goal provided a significant psychological boost to Sebastian Hoeneß’s team. The Cannstatt boys grew in confidence, taking control of the game and securing a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute when Millot capitalized on a goalkeeping error by Daniel Heuer-Fernandes.
Despite Hamburger SV’s spirited fight, their chances were limited due to VfB’s unwavering commitment. Although Glatzel came close to scoring again in the 75th minute, Stuttgart’s resolute defense held strong. In stoppage time, Silas sealed the victory with a third goal, confirming VfB Stuttgart’s well-deserved place in the Bundesliga for the next season.
Expressing his joy, Waldemar Anton, the central defender of Stuttgart, celebrated their Bundesliga survival, and said the team is thrilled that they can all celebrate fact that they have secured a place in the league next season.