Masaya Okugawa fires Arminia Bielefeld past Stuttgart
Struggling Arminia Bielefeld picked up their first win of the Bundesliga season, Masaya Okugawa getting the only goal of the game as they came away from Stuttgart's Mercedes-Benz Arena with a 1-0 victory.
Stuttgart 0-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Goals: 0-1 Okugawa 19' (assist: Wimmer)
With just two wins in 10 games and an injury-ravaged squad, Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made four changes from the side that lost 4-1 to Augsburg last Sunday, Borna Sosa notably swapping to the right flank. With the Croatian on corners, Stuttgart were exposed when one such set-piece from the left broke down, and Okugawa took full advantage, capping off the visitors' counter-attack with a low finish beyond Fabian Bredlow. The hosts didn't let their heads go down, though, and Daniel Didavi tested Stefan Ortega with a stinging effort from the edge of the Bielefeld box soon after. Didavi should have got Stuttgart back on level terms towards the end of the half when Nikolas Nartey sent a pass his way at the back post, but Jacob Laursen got just enough of his body in the way to deflect the chance clear and it was 1-0 at the break.
Neither side made any changes at the break, but Bielefeld came out with renewed attacking intent, Okugawa and Patrick Wimmer first among those looking to pick holes in the Stuttgart defence. Matarazzo sent Wahid Faghir - about his only fit recognised striker - into the fray for the final half hour, and Stuttgart looked better for it. Roberto Massimo tried to test Ortega from a tight angle soon after, but he was off balance and the keeper collected comfortably. Bielefeld were only the width of the post away from pulling further clear, though, their second-half substitute Andres Andrade heading Florian Krüger's free-kick off the woodwork. The last 10 minutes were end-to-end, Janni Serra thumping a late effort off the Stuttgart crossbar before Bielefeld held on for the win.
- Okugawa scored his second goal in 10 games this season. The Japanese scored one in 13 after joining Bielefeld from Red Bull Salzburg last winter.
- This was Arminia's first three-point haul on the road since beating Stuttgart 2-0 on the final day of last season.
- It was Fabian Klos who put Bielefeld 1-0 up in both games against Stuttgart last term.
- Stuttgart have dropped 10 of the last 15 possible points under Matarazzo.
- Absent Stuttgart centre-backs Konstantinos Mavropanos and Marc-Oliver Kempf have three league goals each this term. No defender has more across the division.
- The last time Stuttgart beat Bielefeld in the Bundesliga was back in January 2007, when Mario Gomez scored twice in a 3-2 win on the way to that season's league title.
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Stuttgart: Bredlow - Anton, Ito, Mola (Faghir 61') - Karazor - Sosa, Mangala (Klimowicz 61'), Endo (c) (Klement 72'), Nartey (Maglica 85') - Didavi - Massimo (Coulibaly 72')
Unused subs: Müller, Stenzel, Förster, Beyaz
Out: Führich (ankle), Kalajdzic (shoulder), Kempf (thigh), Marmoush (ankle), Mavropanos (pelvis), Millot (knee), Silas (knee)
Coach: Pellegrino Matarazzo
Bielefeld: Ortega - Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson (Andrade 60'), Laursen - Prietl, Vasiliadis (Schöpf 60') - Wimmer (Fernandes 81'), Krüger (Kunze 81'), Okugawa (Serra 81') - Klos (c)
Unused subs: Kapino, Czyborra, Lasme, de Medina
Coach: Frank Kramer
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