Soccer-Stuttgart ease past Werder 2-0 with third win in a row

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - DFB Cup - Second Round - VfB Stuttgart v 1. FC Union Berlin - MHPArena, Stuttgart, Germany - October 31, 2023 VfB Stuttgart's Deniz Undav celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Angelika Warmuth/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - VfB Stuttgart's Deniz Undav and Serhou Guirassy scored to give them a 2-0 home win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, their third league victory in a row that kept them third in the table with a four-point lead over fourth-placed RB Leipzig.

Undav, a former Werder youth player, put them in front in the 17th minute and the hosts should have added at least one more before the break with Stuttgart having 17 efforts on goal in the game.

Guinea international Guirassy missed a string of chances but made sure of the three points with a 75th-minute penalty and his 16th goal of the campaign.

Stuttgart are on 30 points in third place, with Leipzig, 2-1 winners against Heidenheim in fourth on 26. Leaders Bayer Leverkusen, on 34, take on Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Second-placed Bayern Munich, on 32, are not in action this weekend after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian capital forced the postponement of Sunday's match against Union Berlin.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)

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