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Eintracht-Stadion (ATT 22,760) 29th September 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: F Brych

E Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

E Braunschweig 0

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Stuttgart 4

V Ibisevic (40)
A Maxim (50)
I Traore (76)
M Harnik (86)

Stuttgart sweep strugglers aside

Last Updated: 29/09/13 7:15pm

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Vedad Ibisevic: Opened the scoring in comfortable Stuttgart win

Vedad Ibisevic: Opened the scoring in comfortable Stuttgart win

Stuttgart survived an early storm to breeze past winless Eintracht Braunschweig and move into the top six of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 away win.

Braunschweig started the game brightly, but as soon as Vedad Ibisevic headed Stuttgart in front in the 40th minute, they crumbled to their sixth defeat in seven league games.

Alexandru Maxim added a second early in the second half before Ibrahima Traore and Martin Harnik completed the rout as Stuttgart bounced back from defeat at Freiburg in the DFB-Pokal in midweek.

Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht dismissed claims his side would be relegated with the worst ever record in Bundesliga history on the eve of the game, although he admitted his side faced a challenge staying up after five defeats.

They started Sunday's game in positive fashion, Marco Caligiuri testing Thorsten Kirschbaum early on.

For all their attacking intent, though, they were unable to truly test the stand-in Stuttgart goalkeeper, replacing the injured Sven Ulreich, and the efficient visitors struck with their first real chance.

Ibisevic flicked Maxim's free-kick past Marjan Petkovic with the deftest of headed touches in the 40th minute.

Maxim went from provider to goalscorer five minutes into the second half when he pounced on a fumble by Petkovic from Traore's shot, dispatching the ball into the far corner from a tight angle.

Traore then got his name on the scoresheet in the 76th minute, exchanging passes with Christian Gentner before threading the ball inside the near post.

There was even time for Traore to tee up Harnik for a fourth in the 86th minute, sending in a low cross which the Austrian could not miss from two yards out.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23