Serhou Guirassy Scores Again As Stuttgart Beat Werder Bremen
Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy continued his remarkable Bundesliga scoring form this season, scoring a second-half penalty in a 2-0 home win over Werder Bremen on Saturday. Guirassy, making his first start since mid-October after injury, was brought down in the box by Bremen defender Niklas Stark. The striker chipped his spot-kick down the middle to chalk up his 16th goal of the season in just 11 games. Brighton loanee Deniz Undav had given Stuttgart the lead after 17 minutes, tapping in from close range for his eighth goal in his past eight games.
Stuttgart needed to win a two-legged relegation playoff to stay in the top division last season but now sit third after 13 matches, two points behind second-placed Bayern Munich.
Leipzig win at home
Leipzig won 2-1 over promoted Heidenheim, goals from Lois Openda and Yussuf Poulsen sending the home side past Borussia Dortmund to fourth in the table.
Leipzig took the lead from the penalty spot, Openda winning and converting for his 10th goal in 13 league matches this season.
Poulsen doubled up for the hosts shortly before half-time taking advantage after wing-back David Raum beat two defenders.
"In the first half we were like a rabbit in front of a snake," admitted Heidenheim manager Frank Schmidt.
His side hit back immediately after, Benedikt Gimber steering in through a crowded penalty area after a corner.
The goal would have raised some bad memories for the home side, who gave away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at European champions Manchester City in midweek.
But Marco Rose's side dug deep against the energetic promoted side, securing a fifth home win of the season.
"We had so many chances to score, we should have killed the game earlier today," said Poulsen.