VfB Stuttgart missed the jump to a direct promotion place at the end of the first round in the 2nd Bundesliga, the Swabians had to on Matchday 17 at Darmstadt 98 with a 1: 1 (1: 1). Behind the last weakening Hamburger SV, the Stuttgart team (both 30 points) are starting from relegation place three in the second half of the season, autumn champions Arminia Bielefeld are four points ahead of the chasing duo.
Tobias Kempe (20th) had put Darmstadt in the lead, who take a four-point cushion on relegation rank 16 into the second half of the season beginning on Friday. Borna Sosa (45.) ensured that the Bundesliga relegated team scored again in a third place after three away defeats in a row. Stuttgart coach Tim Walter had ordered Silas Wamangituka for Daniel Didavi in his starting line-up. Last week the French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Wamangituka was playing under a false identity. Walter decidedly rejected this: VfB started powerfully, but offensively too harmless, Kempe, however, took advantage of the game's first dangerous opportunity after a quick counterattack ice cold. As a result, the lilies were the more dangerous team, the equalization by Sosa immediately before the break came surprisingly.Mario Gomez (55.) missed the huge opportunity for the Stuttgart leadership in the more intensely managed second half, a little later the ex-international scored a goal a little offside denied (66.). It was the fifth goal that Gomez had been stripped of in the last three games based on video evidence. "It was the same amount for me," said the angry striker at Sky. "The referees in the basement are probably punishing me for walking around on the field for 20 years," said the 34-year-old. In the end, VfB also lacked accuracy. Philipp Förster (78.) only hit the post in the Stuttgart offensive.