Pellegrino Matarazzo got a bit of a boost in Stuttgart’s survival hopes as they fought back to take all three points in their win over Joe Scally and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Stuttgart 3-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach started strongly, but Stuttgart went on to score three unanswered goals to seal the come-from-behind win at the Mercedes Benz Arena as they gave themselves a boost in the relegation battle.
Joe Scally made his return to the Foals starting eleven, completing 58 percent of his passes and winning six duels in a subpar performance on the day.
It would be the visitors who dominated the game in the early stages as they opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Alassane Plea and Florian Neuhaus linked up to allow the Frenchman to volley his shot home.
‘Gladbach doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Plea supplied a low cross into the area from the left side for Marcus Thuram to slide in and steer into the goal.
Stuttgart would pull one back three minutes later when Monchengladbach’s backline failed to clear the ball which gave Wataru Endo the chance to pounce and bury the ball in the back of the net.
The hosts kept the momentum going in the second half and leveled the score in the 51st minute their counter-attack ended with an unmarked Chris Fuhrich heading in the ball.
Stuttgart completed the comeback in the 83rd minute when Borna Sousa’s cross from the left side found Sasa Kalajdzic in the area to put away for a much-needed three points.
Despite the win, Stuttgart remains in 17th place with 22 points, three points from safety, while Borussia Monchengladbach sits in 13th with 27 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, John Brooks and Wolfsburg had to thank Union Berlin for scoring an own goal as they claimed a 1-0 win.
Timothy Tillman played 82 minutes and Julian Green came on to play the final eight in Greuther Furth’s 2-1 loss to Bochum.
Timothy Chandler played the final seven minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s crushing 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
Ricardo Pepi was on the bench while George Bello played 15 minutes as Augsburg sealed a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld.
Tyler Adams watched on from the bench as RB Leipzig and Freiburg played out a 1-1 draw.
Justin Che remained on the bench as Hoffenheim came away with a 1-0 win over FC Cologne.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Ryan Malone went the distance as Hansa Rostock came out on top in a thrilling 4-3 win over Schalke.
Jann George played the final 20 minutes for Erzgebirge Aue in their 1-0 win over his former club Jahn Regensburg.
Nicolas Carrera came on to played 35 minutes in Holstein Kiel’s 4-3 defeat to Paderborn.
Down in the 3. Liga, Terence Boyd came off the bench to score the game-winner for Kaiserslautern in their 1-0 victory over Osnabruck.
Johan Gomez played 72 minutes while Maximilian Dietz watched from the bench as Freiburg II recorded a 1-0 win over Zwickau.