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Silas inspires VfB Stuttgart to first victory against bottom club Bochum

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Silas scored two and made another as VfB Stuttgart recorded their first Bundesliga win of the season with a 4-1 triumph at home to Bochum.

VfB Stuttgart 4-1 Bochum
Goals: 1-0
Silas (pen. 3'), 2-0 Ahamada 22' (assist: Silas), 2-1 Zoller (29'), 3-1 Silas 64' (assist: Sosa), 4-1 Endo (71')

It may still be too early in the season to talk about this match being a relegation six-pointer, but Stuttgart certainly started as if it was one. The hosts began with a furious intensity in their first game under interim head coach Michael Wimmer, who took over following Pellegrino Matarazzo’s dismissal during the week, and edged in front in the third minute when Silas scored from the penalty spot after being tripped by Danilo Soares. Silas was involved again when VfB doubled their lead, teeing up Naouirou Ahamada to rifle in from 10 yards following a mistake by Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann. The visitors managed to hit back before the break, however, Simon Zoller finishing from Kevin Stöger’s pass following some slick one-touch interplay down the left.

Bochum could have equalised on the hour mark after a lapse in concentration from Waldemar Anton allowed Philipp Hofmann through on goal, but the VfB defender’s blushes were spared by a superb save from goalkeeper Florian Müller. Silas made the visitors pay for their profligacy moments later when Borna Sosa scampered into space down the left and cut the ball back into the middle for the Congolese forward, who drilled a precise shot into the bottom corner beyond Riemann’s despairing dive. The home side were not done yet though, and added another when Bochum failed to clear Sosa's free-kick from the left, the ball eventually falling kindly for Wataru Endo to smash in from close range and put the seal on a long overdue maiden win of 2022/23.

Match stats

  • Silas has scored all four penalties he has taken in the Bundesliga. His previous spot-kick was against Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2021.
  • His first goal was the earliest Stuttgart have scored in two years: on 23 October 2020 Orel Mangala scored in the first minute against Cologne.
  • The forward netted his third Bundesliga brace; both previous doubles arrived in December 2020.
  • Bochum have now conceded a league-high seven penalties already this term. That is more than any other team at this juncture of a season in Bundesliga history.
  • Zoller netted his third Bundesliga goal of the season, making him the team’s top scorer in 2022/23.
  • Stöger made his 50th appearance for Bochum in this game.

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Teams

Stuttgart: Müller - Mavropanos (Ito 75'), Anton, Zagadou - Silas, Endo (c), Ahamada (Führich 46'), Sosa - Millot (Nartey 76') - Pfeiffer (Stenzel 84'), Tomas (Jose Perea 75')
Unused subs: Bredlow, Coulibaly, Mendoza, Egloff, Kastanaras
Out: Guirassy (suspended), Karazor (suspended), Vagnoman (foot)
Coach:
 Michael Wimmer

Bochum: Riemann - Gamboa, Ordets, Masovic, Soares - Losilla (c) (Ganvoula 70'), Stöger - Zoller (Antwi-Adjei 46'), Förster (Lampropoulos 90'), Holtmann (Osterhage 78') – Hofmann (Osei-Tutu 90')
Unused subs: Johansson, Oermann, Heintz, Horn
Out: Asano (knee), Esser (muscular), Goralski (muscular), Grave (shoulder), Janko (knock), Mousset (fitness), Stafylidis (not included)
Coach: Thomas Letsch