Bundesliga: Stuttgart stay up with 2-1 victory over Paderborn, who go down
Last Updated: 23/05/15 5:49pm
Stuttgart came from behind to beat Paderborn 2-1 and secure their place in the Bundesliga next season, whilst condemning their opponents to relegation on a dramatic afternoon in East Westphalia.
Marc Vucinovic gave Paderborn the lead in the fourth minute with a goal which temporarily took his side above their guests and to safety.
However, Stuttgart's overall superiority finally shone through with Daniel Didavi levelling and Daniel Ginczek netting a valuable winner in the 72nd minute to take the Swabians out of the bottom two and to safety.
Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens made no changes from the side which had recently beaten Mainz and Hamburg as he sought the point he needed to avoid relegation.
With Daniel Bruckner suspended, Paderborn coach Andre Breitenreiter selected Florian Hartherz for the first time since he was given compassionate leave due to the death of his father.
Paderborn caught the better start and the Paderborn Arena roof was almost taken off after only three minutes when Vucinovic put the hosts in front.
It may have been too early for the East Westphalians to take the lead in hindsight, though, as the goal stung Stuttgart and sparked them into action.
Ginczek went close as the shots started raining in on Lukas Kruse's goal before Didavi deservedly brought the Swabians level.
Martin Harnik then missed an open goal as Stuttgart looked to capitalise fully on a dominant spell in the game which also saw Ginczek waste another gilt-edged opportunity.
The chances continued to arrive - and be wasted - by Stuttgart, who no doubt knew that Hamburg had taken a two-goal lead against Schalke and, as a result, moved ahead of them in the standings.
A goal was needed for the Swabians to stay up, but it just did not want to come. Harnik sent another shot into the side-netting as the minutes started to tick by a little too quickly for Stuttgart's liking.
They finally got the goal that ensured their survival and sent Paderborn into the second division in the 72nd minute with Ginczek beating Kruse in a one-on-one to break Paderborn's hearts and prompt a huge sigh of relief down in Baden-Wurttemberg.