Bundesliga bottom side Greuther Furth breathed some hope into their survival chances with a 1-0 win at Nurnberg in the Franconia derby on Sunday, their first since February's shock win at Schalke. Defender Johannes Geis hit the first-half winner as Furth enjoyed only their third win of the season - all of which have been away.
With four games left they must still close the nine-point gap to reach 16th place, which carries a promotion/relegation play-off place, but have their work cut out, facing Freiburg, VfB Stuttgart and Hanover 96 in succession.
Stuttgart earlier enjoyed their second home victory over Freiburg inside a week with a 2-1 Bundesliga win, just four days after beating the same opponents by the same margin to reach the DFB-Pokal final.
After Stuttgart booked their cup final berth against Bayern Munich at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on 1 June, with Martin Harnik scoring the first-half winner last Wednesday, the Austrian set up both of Sunday's goals.
The right-winger fired in his cross for Christian Gentner to head home on 33 minutes, then set up striker Vedad Ibisevic to put Stuttgart 2-0 up at the break. Croatia midfielder Ivan Santini grabbed Freiburg's consolation two minutes from time.
The win lifts Stuttgart up to tenth while Freiburg remain fifth, amongst the UEFA Europa League places, despite the defeat.