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badenova-Stadion (ATT 23,900) 22nd January 2010 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Brych

Freiburg SC Freiburg vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

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Stuttgart earn breathing space

Stuttgart claim tight away win at Freiburg

Last Updated: 22/01/10 10:10pm

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Marica: Celebrates scoring

Marica: Celebrates scoring

Stuttgart climbed five points clear of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 1-0 win against SC Freiburg.

Ciprian Marica's goal earned them victory at the Badenova-Stadion, but Christian Gross' side were made to sweat as their hosts had a goal controversially disallowed in the second half.

An offside Heiko Butscher got the final touch to Papiss Cisse's goalbound shot, though the goal was only disallowed after protests from Stuttgart.

The visitors dominated the early stages and Simon Pouplin had to turn Pavel Pogrebnyak's drive from a free-kick over the bar before the Russian wasted a glorious chance.

Alexander Hleb's intelligent pull-back found Sami Khedira, his shot from the edge of the box was parried by Pouplin and, off-balance, Pogrebnyak blazed horribly over from 10 yards.

A swift Freiburg break ended with left-winger Felix Bastians cutting inside and curling wide from 18 yards before Daniel Caligiuri went close from the other flank.

Deserved

But Marica gave Stuttgart a deserved lead five minutes before the interval after Hleb neatly picked out Pogrebnyak. The Russian was tackled by Daniel Williams, but the ball fell for Marica to slot home.

Freiburg's Omer Toprak made a superb goalline clearance from Roberto Hilbert's shot shortly after the interval before the home side were denied their equaliser.

Cisse's shot found the net but the goal was - eventually - chalked off due to the deflection off centre-back Butscher, surprisingly popping up in an offside position.

Freiburg again threatened as Williams' cross picked out Bastians, whose header was booted off the line by Georg Niedermeier.

Pouplin dived to deny Khedira and turned Marica's drive over after Timo Gebhart's brilliant flick.

Marica was harshly denied a late second when he was penalised for high feet in turning a Gebhart corner past Pouplin.

But Sven Ulreich then had to snatch a bouncing ball off the toes of Stefan Riesinger as the substitute lined up a game-changing first contribution.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25

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