After falling behind thanks to a goal from Tiago Tomas, the Europa League champions turned the game around by scoring twice in five second-half minutes through Evan Ndicka and Daichi Kamada.
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With 15 minutes left, France striker Randal Kolo Muani was fouled in the penalty area and scored the goal. Enzo Millot of Stuttgart restored parity, but Borna Sosa’s second yellow card soon after saw the home team relegated to 10 men.
Frankfurt, who entered the game ranked ninth in the league, had a dismal run of results, winning only once in their previous 11 games following Napoli’s elimination from the Champions League. After 18 minutes, Tomas gave Stuttgart the lead by slamming the ball past goalie Kevin Trapp at the near post after taking Josha Vagnoman’s cutback.
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Frankfurt changed after the halftime break and took the lead five minutes later. Kolo Muani found Ndicka in the box, who scored with a low shot.Five minutes later, Kamada added a second goal on his own, edging around multiple Stuttgart players to put the ball in the left-hand corner.
Stuttgart sent numerous players forward with 15 minutes left in an attempt to tie the score, but the ball landed advantageously for Kamada, who sprinted 50 meters before connecting with Kolo Muani, who was brought down in the box by goalie Fabian Bredlow.
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Kolo Muani successfully converted the penalty to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage even though Bredlow just received a warning. In 41 games for Frankfurt, the France striker has scored 21 goals thus far. When Sosa received a yellow card for kicking the ball away, Stuttgart’s frustration level increased due to the loud home crowd.
Soon after, Millot scored a deflected goal for the home team, but with four minutes left, Sosa received a second yellow for driving his studs into Aurelio Buta’s foot. With 15 seconds left in extra time, Stuttgart made a last-ditch effort to tie the score. They had a corner and claimed a handball, but the VAR decision upheld the event.
On June 3 in the German capital, Frankfurt—which last won the championship in 2018 with a 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich—will face Leipzig, which defeated Freiburg 5-1 on Tuesday.