The Bundesliga resumed competition on Friday following the international break as hosts Hertha BSC lost 0-1 to VfB Stuttgart at Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Christian Gentner's solitary goal was the difference.
The visitors entered the match on a high, having hammered Hoffenheim in their most recent fixture by a 6-2 margin. But Hertha had home-field advantage and had taken a respectable seven points from their first four matches.
The hosts were the better team in possession and out-shot their opponents by a ratio of more than 2:1. But Anis Ben-Hatira and Ronny were unable to capitalize on chances in the first half. Stuttgart punished their hosts shortly after the break as Gentner rose to meet Alexandru Maxim's cross, and nodded home what was the only goal of the match.
Hertha pressed for an equalizer and had a number of chances go begging, thanks to sublime goalkeeping by Sven Ulreich. The Swabians just barely managed to hold onto the lead as the final whistle blew.
The result marked a huge win for Stuttgart, who took their first three points of the season away from home. They now stand seventh in the Bundesliga table tied on points and goal difference with Gladbach. Hertha is one point above, in sixth place.
Shots: Hertha 19 - 8 Stuttgart
Passing: Hertha 82.34% - 79.65% Stuttgart
Ball Touches: Hertha 55.87% - 44.13% Stuttgart