Didavi sees off Wolfsburg

A brace from Daniel Didavi saw VfB Stuttgart come back from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz-Arena on Saturday.

VfB Stuttgart 3 VfL Wolfsburg 1
Arnold breaks the deadlock
Didavi bags a brace
Kostic puts the hosts ahead
Sunjic sent off

Match Summary

Wolfsburg were the better side in the opening stages and had the lead in the 14th minute when Maximilian Arnold found the bottom corner.

But Stuttgart struck back just past the half-hour mark through a superb strike from Daniel Didavi before Filip Kostic added a second just before the break.

The hosts came out flying in the second half and extended their lead when Daniel Didavi rippled the net in the 47th minute, and held onto their lead despite Toni Sunjic getting sent off for a second yellow card.

Full Report

Wolfsburg started brightly and Maximilian Arnold opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he latched onto Daniel Caligiuri's assist right on the edge of the penalty area to rifle it into the bottom left corner.

But the hosts pulled themselves back into the game and were level soon afterwards when Daniel Didavi picked up possession on the left flank and let loose from outside the box, curling it into the top corner at the far post.

Filip Kostic put Stuttgart ahead when a swift counter-attacking move saw Timo Werner tee the Serbian up to fire home from close range.

Caligiuri then saw his shot fly narrowly wide before Lukas Rupp went marauding down the other end and hit the post when he let loose from the centre of the penalty box.

Having taken the lead into halftime, Stuttgart started well after the break and extended their lead in the 47th minute when Florian Klein's through ball picked out Daniel Didavi, who found the top left corner.

Wolfsburg never stopped looking for their second of the match, and had a trio of opportunities with Naldo and Sebastian Jung off-target before Max Kruse shot straight at Tyton from right on top of the penalty spot.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Bosnian centre-back Toni Sunjic picked up his second booking of the night, with the first yellow coming in the 56th minute, but Stuttgart were still able to hang on to their two-goal lead and claim all three points.