KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – Japan striker Takuma Asano opened his account for Stuttgart on Sunday, scoring the opener in his side’s 3-1 derby win away to Karlsruher in the Bundesliga second division.
Asano, who is on loan in Germany from English Premier League giants Arsenal, fired the visitors in front on 10 minutes, slamming home a powerful effort after being set up by Carlos Mane.
Simon Terodde made it 2-0 with a header in the 46th minute, just after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Moritz Stoppelkamp pulled one back for Karlsruher from the penalty spot on 51 minutes but Emiliano Insua crossed for Alexandru Maxim to slot home and seal the victory for Stuttgart with five minutes left.
The win moves Stuttgart into second in the table behind Eintracht Braunschweig.
“We knew just how significant this game was for the fans. We made an energetic start and approached this derby clash exactly as was expected,” Stuttgart manager Hannes Wolf told the club’s website.
“Here, it’s not just about playing some football. The lads battled very hard and I am extremely proud of them.”