First half highlights:
6th minute: A first opening for Stuttgart as Marco Friedl misplaces a pass, which is intercepted by Mateo Klimowicz. He opts to shoot instead of passing but fires wide of Pavlenka’s goal.
10th minute: A Ludwig Augustinsson free kick falls kindly for Romano Schmid who catches a volley cleanly. His effort flies towards the top right corner but is brilliantly saved by Gregor Kobel, who parries to safety.
23rd minute: A good pass from Milot Rashica finds Ludwig Augustinsson on the edge of the box. The Swede hits a first-time shot that goes narrowly wide of the Kobel’s left post.
25th minute: The home side advance forward and the ball finds its way to Klimowicz. He looks up and goes for goal from distance, forcing Jiri Pavlenka into a good save at full stretch.
31st minute: Kevin Möhwald finds himself in space around 30 yards out and lets fly with a driving effort from range. VfB’s keeper is again on hand to save to keep the score goalless.
40th minute: Niclas Füllkrug receives the ball from Theodor Gebre Selassie in the penalty area, but the forward cannot sort out his feet and the chance goes begging.