VfB Stuttgart defeats Hertha BSC after Endo’s injury


Nfter his lucky punch at the very last second, Konstantinos Mavropanos stormed towards the VfB Stuttgart fans completely detached. With his goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time, the Greek defeated the Swabians 2-1 (1-1) on Tuesday evening Hertha BSC secured. “There was always the belief that we could score the goal,” said Stuttgart’s interim coach Michael Wimmer on Sky. “I somehow had the feeling that the Dinos came to the header. Of course we’re over the moon and happy that it actually works out to make it 2-1.”

Hertha, on the other hand, was served. “The game lasts until the end. I’m really angry, really angry,” said midfielder Jean-Paul Boetius. VfB took the early lead through Serhou Guirassy (4th minute). Dodi Lukebakio made the Berliners dream of at least one point for a long time (19th). But then Mavropanos struck from a Borna Sosa corner in added time. With the victory, the Stuttgarters leave the relegation place, Hertha’s view goes further down.

Shortly before, VfB had to cope with a moment of shock: after a painful header duel with Ivan Sunjic, captain Wataru Endo was carried off the field after lengthy treatment. On the television pictures it had looked as if he had briefly lost consciousness after the train seed impact. While Sunjic was able to continue playing with a bandaged head, the VfB professional had to be carried off the field by medical staff. According to Wimmer, the Japanese international was immediately taken to a hospital and examined in detail there, among other things, there was “suspicion of a severe concussion”. At this point in time, however, he could not say more about the state of health of his captain.

“We don’t know exactly yet, but we hope that nothing is broken because it was on the side of the head,” added Stuttgart’s sports director Sven Mislintat. “He was completely gone once. Of course we hope that the boy is doing well and that the World Cup is not in jeopardy.”



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