A Gyorgy Garics own-goal and a late Timo Werner effort gave VfB Stuttgart a 2-0 win over Darmstadt in a turgid encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday.
VfB Stuttgart 2 Darmstadt 0
Chances few and far between
Poor first half from both sides
Garics own goal gives hosts the lead
Werner adds second in injury time
A decidedly dull first half from both sides produced very little for either set of fans to get excited about.
The second period wasn't much better, but Stuttgart were able to grab the lead through Garics' unlucky own-goal.
Werner added a second for the home team four minutes into second-half injury time to add some gloss onto the final score.
VfB Stuttgart showed a lot of promise early on and produced a good chance in just the second minute with Daniel Didavi finding some space in the box to get his shot away, but it was blocked by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Aytac Sulu.
It was a full 20 minutes before either side produced another meaningful chance and it was Serey Die who wasted a promising opportunity after picking up a rebounded shot in acres of space but blasted his shot harmlessly over the bar.
Darmstadt produced their first decent chance 32 minutes with Marcel Heller picking up an accurate pass on the edge of the penalty area, but his weak shot towards the far corner was easily saved by Przemyslaw Tyton.
Heller did much better in the 60th minute, unleashing a powerful low drive towards the goal, but was denied by an acrobatic diving save from Tyton.
Nine minutes later, a stroke of fortune handed Stuttgart the lead as Garics attempted to intercept a dangerous cross into the Darmstadt area, but only succeeded in diverting the ball into his own net.
Darmstadt pushed for an equaliser late in the second half and Tyton had to be at his absolutely best to block a stinging shot from Heller.
However, it was VfB Stuttgart who would have the last laugh as Werner found the back of the net with the final kick of the game to make provide a scoreline that flatters what was actually a poor game of football.