Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Stuttgart moves into Bundesliga driver's seat
May 14th, 2007 6:45AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany

MOST COMMENTED

Schalke 04's long wait for its first Bundesliga title may have to wait.

VfB Stuttgart rallied to beat VfL Bochum, 3-2, on the road on Saturday to move two points ahead of Schalke, which relinquished the Bundesliga when it lost to archrival Borussia Dortmund, 2-0, in their Ruhr derby.

Stuttgart can win the German championship for the fifth time with a victory over visiting Energie Cottbus next Saturday. Schalke must win at home against Arminia Bielefeld to have any chance of overtaking Stuttgart. Stuttgart goes into the final weekend with the edge on goal difference (59-36 to 51-31). Werder Bremen dropped out of the title race with a 2-1 loss at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Stuttgart recovered to clinch its seventh successive league victory after twice falling behind on Bochum goals by Oliver Schroeder and Marcel Maltritz.

Mario Gomez was the Stuttgart hero, coming off the bench in his first appearance since he suffered a knee injury in early March. The German national team striker scored the second equalizer in the 61st minute with his 14th goal of a wonderful season and was involved in the buildup for Brazilian Cacau's winner in the 72nd minute. Thomas Hitzlsperger scored Stuttgart's first goal.

"In the end, we earned it," said Stuttgart coach Armin Veh. "We're now going to keep our concentration and work hard for the final match. That's how we've played all season."

Just down the road in Dortmund, Schalke's history of misfortune late in the season continued as it looked to be in its match with Dortmund, which won on goals by Alexander Frei and Pole Ebi Smolarek.

"We're disappointed, obviously, and very sad," Schalke coach Mirko Slomka said. "But the season isn't over until next Saturday and we simply must win against Bielefeld."

BUNDESLIGA STANDINGS (one game to play):
1 VfB Stuttgart 67
2 Schalke 04 65
 -------------------------
3 Werder Bremen 63
 -------------------------
4 Bayern Munich 57
5 Bayer Leverkusen 48
 -------------------------
6 Nuremberg 45
 -------------------------
7 Borussia Dortmund 44
8 Hannover 44
9 Hamburg  42
10 Arminia Bielefeld  42
11 Bochum  42
12 Hertha Berlin 41
13 Energie Cottbus 41
14 Eintracht Frankfurt 40
15 Wolfsburg 37
 -------------------------
16 Alemannia Aachen 34
17 Mainz 34
18 Borussia Moen. 26



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland     
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who last January left the Seattle Sounders for Tottenham Hotspur, has moved ...
What They're Saying: Carolina RailHawks fan Howie Perl    
"You'd think if corruption at all touched the RailHawks, that they'd be really good and buying ...
Reports: High-powered lawyer presses NASL demands    
Sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who represented MLS players in the 1996 lawsuit against MLS, its owners ...
MLS Power Rankings: Galaxy stays on its perch     
The LA Galaxy, winner of four games in a row and eight out of its previous ...
O'Neill moves on to last-place Belgian club    
The deal by which Shane O'Neill left MLS for Cypriot club Apollon Limassol a month ago ...
NASL: Pinho's hat trick gives him scoring lead    
Brazilian striker Stefano Pinho is the hottest player in the NASL. He followed up on two ...
USL: OKC's Koenig ties league scoring record    
OKC Energy FC moved into first place and became the first Western Conference team to earn ...
What They're Saying: Caleb Porter    
"We're coaches, and we're all ambassadors for MLS and want the game to grow, and I ...
Video Pick: BWP's volley leads MLS golazos    
A diving header by Kevin Doyle (Colorado), sharp-shooting from Diego Fagundez (New England) and Andrew Jacobson ...
Nesta joins Maldini as head coach at Miami FC    
Miami is the home to retired Italian stars. It's been Paolo Maldini's second home for 15 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives