Alexis Tibidi (centre) was conspicuous with two goals, Enzo Millot congratulated politely.  Photo: Bauman

Alexis Tibidi (centre) was conspicuous with two goals, Enzo Millot congratulated politely. Photo: Bauman

VfB Stuttgart tested against second division side SV Sandhausen during the international break – and delivered two very different halves.

Match practice for those who stayed at home: Without their absent national players, VfB Stuttgart checked their form twice in a 35-minute friendly against SV Sandhausen on Thursday afternoon – and delivered two very different halves.

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In the first half, Alexis Tibidi gave the superior VfB the lead with a brace (15’/23′) before the tide turned after the break: the second division team, threatened with relegation, used several turnovers from Stuttgart to score three goals: Nils Seufert (42′) after one Ecke and ex-VfB player Alexander Esswein (53rd) and Marcel Ritzmaier (70th) with two counterattacks ensured the 2:3 final score from VfB’s point of view. “It was a good training session against an aggressive opponent who came here with a full band,” said VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat, who wasn’t bothered by the sometimes tough nature of the sand houses: “If it’s a test match, it should be one be real. In training, things really get down to business.”

Especially in the first half, VfB kept finding playful solutions when they played almost exclusively with players from the professional squad. The only exception: U19 talent Leon Reichardt started as a left-back – and delivered a calm performance. Sports director Mislintat then gave praise: “He’s a good boy and made him strong today.”



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