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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 59,000) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Christian Dingert

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

Stuttgart 2

A Maxim (30)
M Harnik (35)


E Braunschweig 2

J Hochscheidt (24)
E Bicakcic (82)

Minor boost for Stuttgart

Last Updated: 08/03/14 6:21pm

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Harnick gave Stuttgart the lead but they could not hold on

Harnick gave Stuttgart the lead but they could not hold on

Stuttgart brought an end to their eight-game losing streak, but a 2-2 draw at home to bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig may not be enough to keep coach Thomas Schneider in a job.

Jan Hochscheidt gave the visitors the lead, but Alexandru Maxim and Martin Harnik turned the game on its head to leave Stuttgart ahead going into the final 10 minutes.

They could not hold on for a much-needed win, though, as Ermin Bicakcic equalised eight minutes from time to keep Braunschweig's own hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

After losing eight games in a row, it was only natural that Stuttgart lacked confidence against a side who were putting pressure on them from the off.

Hochscheidt had the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute, but was fortunate not to be shown a yellow card since the whistle for offside had long since sounded.

He scored a perfectly valid goal midway through the first half, though, to give Braunschweig the lead.

Karim Bellarabi advanced down the left with the ball at his feet and he cut inside before crossing the ball, with the aid of a deflection, into the path of Hochscheidt, who beat Sven Ulreich stylishly.

Stuttgart, who have not managed to win a game after falling 1-0 down so far this season, were up against that record and some already disgruntled fans, but they responded well, equalising within six minutes.

Maxim, whose glaring miss a week ago prompted their collapse against Eintracht Frankfurt, this time scored a more difficult goal from close range, showing more strength than Bicakcic to bundle the ball in.

Five minutes later, Stuttgart took the lead with Maxim this time the provider, crossing for Harnik to take the ball down on his chest before sending his shot into the left-hand corner from outside the area.

Stutttgart could have wrapped up victory in the 52nd minute when Daniel Davari fouled Harnik inside the penalty area.

However, the Braunschweig goalkeeper made amends for his mistake by keeping Christian Gentner's spot-kick out.

For the second week running, Stuttgart missed a glorious opportunity to open up a two-goal lead, and once again, they were punished.

Dominik Kumbela flicked the ball on from a corner to Bicakcic, who made up for his failure to prevent Maxim's goal to score what could prove to be a crucial goal for Braunschweig, and for Schneider.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15