After the next unsuccessful attempt at a first win of the season, a disappointed eintracht braunschweig coach torsten liebeknecht briefly caused some confusion.
"I’m not one to run away. But I can understand if fans and officials are worried," said the coach after the sobering 0:4 (0:1) loss to vfb stuttgart. Lieberknecht did not want this remark to be understood as an offer of resignation, however. "That’s not what I meant," he said after the press conference.
His team remains the bleak points supplier of the soccer bundesliga. The overstretched team at the bottom of the table struggled to close out the 7th round. The team that had been promoted to the top of the league for a long time on the first day of the season, but in the end had to concede defeat to the efficient and ultimately clearly superior vfb stuttgart in front of a home crowd. "4:0 always sounds damn clear. But it has to be said that the braunschweig team made it incredibly difficult for us," emphasized stuttgart’s sporting director fredi bobic.
In a mediocre game in front of 22,760 spectators, vfb goal scorer vedad ibisevic gave the schnudel the lead in the 40th minute. Minute for the lead. Alexandru maxim (50.), ibrahima traore (75.) and the substitute martin harnik (86.) were on hand after the break. Vfb climbed to sixth place in the standings with ten points, while braunschweig remains last with just one point. "We tried everything and even had a few chances," said attacker domi kumbela after another defeat: "that’s bitter for the fans."
After scoring the first and so far only point in the home match against nurnberg two weeks ago, lieberknecht approached the three-point mission with offensive power. With three nominal attackers, the up-and-coming team was committed to finally achieving its first win of the season. Again and again, the man-to-man markers stole the ball from the vfb offensive forces. Only in the game structure it haperte it.
The opponents from swabia did not exactly cover themselves with glory after their cup exit in freiburg during the week. Vfb coach thomas schneider initially relegated konstantin rausch, harnik and mohammed abdellaoue to the bench and saw how the play on the outside created danger.
After an ibisevic chance in the second minute, which marjan petkovic in the braunschweig goal defended, little happened in front of the eintracht goal for a long time. Stuttgart lacked the ideas to make the busy hosts dangerous. They also made too little of the eintracht weak spot on the left, where ken reichel had a lot of trouble. But the gate fell on the right side of braunschweig. Ibisevic headed a free kick from maxim, who had also joined the team, into the net.
Significant: four minutes earlier, eintracht had missed the lead. A deflected attempt by marco caligiuri was parried by vfb keeper thorsten kirschbaum, who was again called up to replace the injured sven ulreich. His counterpart from braunschweig, petkovic, on the other hand, was more unfortunate after the change of sides when traore fired in a shot. He let the ball bounce and maxim took the opportunity to score the second goal for the guests.
The people of brunswick, who had been fighting until then, now seemed dismayed. Chances for a follow-up goal and their fourth goal of the season in the seventh game remained scarce. Instead, the defeat would have been even greater if the previously efficient stuttgart team had made the most of all its opportunities. Only in the final phase did the lively traore – bobic: "the boy is amazing" – score after a pass from christian genter and the substitute harnik.