Stuttgart wins 1-0 at Hertha Berlin in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Stuttgart continued its revival under new coach Thomas Schneider with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Christian Gentner scored in the 49th minute when he met Alexandru Maxim’s corner at the near post to head past Thomas Kraft.
“It’s all the same how we score. As long as they go in,” Gentner said.
Kraft displayed fantastic reflexes to deny Gentner before the break, when he tipped over the Stuttgart’s player’s powerful header in the visitors’ only other scoring chance.
The home side dominated the game but failed to convert possession into clear-cut chances. Adrian Ramos illustrated his side’s wastefulness when he blasted over from a promising position in the 25th.
“It happens in football. If you don’t score, there’s a chance you’ll concede,” said Hertha midfielder Ronny, who started for the first time this season.
Stuttgart had goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to thank for securing the win with a string of saves in the second half as Hertha’s pressure failed to yield an equalizer.
“The lads played a good home game. It’s bitter they didn’t even get a point,” said Hertha general manager Michael Preetz. ”(Gentner’s goal) didn’t decide the game. What decided the game was that we couldn’t make more out of our opportunities.”
Hertha defender Peter Pekarik had the chance to secure at least a draw in injury time but missed Ramos’ cross with the goal at his mercy.
Schneider has led his side to two wins since taking over from Bruno Labbadia, who was sacked for starting the league with three straight defeats.
“Hertha put us under a lot of pressure,” Schneider acknowledged.