Bundesliga: Stuttgart slump continues with RB Leipzig defeat
Last Updated: 16/02/19 8:27pm
Stuttgart's poor run of form continued as they lost 3-1 to RB Leipzig, who consolidated fourth place in the Bundesliga.
Yussuf Poulsen scored twice to help Leipzig move one point behind Borussia Monchengladbach and stay six clear of Wolfsburg, who defeated Mainz 2-0 at home.
Stuttgart were looking for their first win in seven games to ease the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl.
Weinzierl kept his job after last weekend's 3-0 loss at Fortuna Duesseldorf, but sporting director Michael Reschke was told to go on Tuesday.
Former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who helped Stuttgart win the Bundesliga in 2007, was appointed in Reschke's place.
Leipzig scored with the game's first attack in the sixth minute when Poulsen took advantage of some slack defending to net from close range.
But Steven Zuber equalised from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after the video referee intervened when Leipzig captain Willi Orban appeared to push Mario Gomez and deflect the ball out of play with his hand.
Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi made a great save to deny Santiago Ascacibar in the second half before Marcel Sabitzer restored the visitors' lead from a free-kick in the 68th minute.
Midfielder Tyler Adams then won a challenge before setting Poulsen through to seal it with 16 minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Schalke, who are hosting Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, were held 0-0 at home by Freiburg.
Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar was shown a straight red card minutes before the break for a studs-up lunge at Freiburg captain Mike Frantz, who needed treatment.
Both sides finished with 10 men after Freiburg's Christian Gunter was shown his second yellow card in injury time for colliding with Mark Uth.
Hoffenheim won 3-0 against Hannover and Wolfsburg won by the same scoreline against Mainz.
And in the later game, a last-minute equaliser for Werder Bremen ensured the points were shared in a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion.
Davie Selke put the hosts ahead after 25 minutes, before Claudio Pizarro scored the last-gasp leveller in the sixth minute of stoppage time.