Stuttgart go top with Bochum demolition
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Silas starts season in style
Five up for Stuttgart as Guirassy gets his second
VfB are off to a flier! Serhou Guirassy has joined Silas in grabbing a brace by turning past Bernardo following a Stenzel pass to go one-on-one with Riemann and convert clinically.
Silas slots in Stuttgart's fourth
This is turning into a runaway win and the Stuttgart fans are understandably lapping it up. Silas has scored his second goal within seven minutes, converting cooly from a Pascal Stenzel cross at the far post.
It has been a commanding showing from Stuttgart so far - and now they have three. Silas strolls past the defence to meet a Führich cross to the far post and bundles in with ease.
Zagadou doubles Stuttgart's lead
The hosts' positive start sees them go two up shortly before the break as Dan-Axel Zagadou meets Führich's corner with a thumping header at the near post.
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Guirassy blasts Stuttgart in front
After an even start, Stuttgart had been starting to pile the pressure on Bochum and the hosts have an early breakthrough. Ito played a purposeful pass forward to Guirassy, who well and truly thumped it into the roof of the net with a wonderful strike from the edge of the area.
End of the Endo era
With Wataru Endo leaving for Liverpool, his place in the Stuttgart line-up (after starting in the 4-0 DFB Cup win at Balingen) is taken by Wooyeong Jeong, a new signing from Freiburg. Bochum's new defensive signing Bernardo starts - he had a spell at RB Leipzig until 2018.
Stuttgart starting XI
Nübel - Stenzel, Anton (c), Zagadou, Ito – Millot, Karazor - Silas, Jeong, Führich – Guirassy
Seimen, Mittelstädt, Sosa, Haraguchi, Egloff, Massimo, Leweling, Milosevic, Sankoh
Bochum starting XI
Riemann - Masovic, Ordets, Bernardo - Passlack, Losilla (c), Stöger, Wittek – Asano, Antwi-Adjei - Hofmann
Esser, Gamboa, Soares, Osei-Tutu, Loosli, Osterhage, Daschner, Zoller, Broschinski
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Away day blues
Bochum only earned nine of their 35 points last season on the road, winning just twice (in Augsburg and Cologne).
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