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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 58,500) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Zwayer

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Stuttgart 2

A Maxim (69)
M Harnik (89)

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Stuttgart strike late

Last Updated: 05/04/14 5:02pm

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Gotoku Sakai is challenged by Jonathan Schmid

Gotoku Sakai is challenged by Jonathan Schmid

Two late goals handed Stuttgart a massive three points against local rivals Freiburg in the battle for Bundesliga survival on Saturday afternoon.

Substitute Alexandru Maxim scored the first on 69 minutes, and Martin Harnik sealed the victory a minute from time.

The result lifted Stuttgart back out of the bottom three and within two points of their visitors, after Hamburg's 2-1 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night had seen them slip to 17th spot.

Daniel Didavi struck a brilliant, left-footed shot from 30 yards which forced Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann into an important save after 15 minutes.

Stuttgart appealed for a spot-kick on 27 minutes when Ibrahima Traore, who will join Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, claimed he was tugged back on his run into the box, but the referee felt there was no offence committed by Gelson Fernandes and allowed play to continue.

The match hinged on Huub Stevens' second-half introduction of Timo Werner and Romanian attacker Maxim, who brought extra quality in the last third.

But Stevens was also grateful to goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who made four saves of the highest standard within two minutes.

First, he saved from Matthias Ginter's header a few yards out, then he denied both Felix Klaus and Admir Mehmedi from inside his penalty box.

It was a thrilling final 30 minutes as Stuttgart's 19-year-old attacker Werner struck the crossbar with a super volley after lovely chest control under pressure from Ginter.

And they eventually took the lead 21 minutes from the end, after Maxim started a great passing move involving wide-man Traore. He turned on his turbo-charge acceleration to assist the midfielder, who tapped into an empty net.

The second goal was the killer for Freiburg, whose fate was sealed when Harnik headed home at the back post on 89 minutes from Maxim's set-piece.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 33 76
2 Wolfsburg 33 68
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 33 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 33 61
5 Schalke 33 48
6 FC Augsburg 33 46
7 Borussia Dortmund 33 43
8 Werder Bremen 33 43
9 Hoffenheim 33 41
10 Mainz 33 40
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 40
12 Cologne 33 39
13 Hertha Berlin 33 35
14 SC Freiburg 33 34
15 Hannover 96 33 34
16 Stuttgart 33 33
17 Hamburg 33 32
18 SC Paderborn 07 33 31