Full-time: Mainz 1-3 Stuttgart
Serhou Guirassy took the match ball to the away fans who celebrated with their striking hero after a superb hat-trick from VfB's on-fire No.9 gave Stuttgart a third win of the season. Mainz are still without a victory and the 05ers' performance here was error-strewn as they allowed their opponents in time and again, Bo Svensson's men limited to a brief uplift in mood when Leandro Barreiro levelled in the second half. Stuttgart and Guirassy's remarkable 2023/24 run continues.
Watch: Guirassy on his hat-trick heroics
Amazing! Guirassy is in for the hat-trick! Another ball over the top and this one eventually bounces for Stuttgart's super striker, who lifts it over the last defender and slams home to complete a memorable day for the visitors.
Stuttgart's fans are in heaven! Another Mainz error precedes VfB's second of the day. The ball is played through to that man Guirassy who sidefoots home his second goal of this game and his SEVENTH of the season.
Moments after Tom Krauß rattled the post for Mainz, the 05ers are back on terms. Leandro Barreiro squeezes one past Alexander Nübel at the near post from close range and the MEWA Arena erupts.
An error from Mainz's Stefan Bell allows Serhou Guirassy to waltz through and the prolific forward makes no mistake with a lifted finish for his sixth goal of the season. Guirassy moves back to the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts.
Half-time: Mainz 0-0 Stuttgart
Honours even at the break with just one big chance for either side at the MEWA Arena in the opening 45', Marco Richter and Silas both going close.
Honours even at the break with just one big chance for either side in the opening 45, Marco Richter and Silas both going close.
Guirassy off target
Still scoreless in Mainz but the Bundesliga's joint-top goalscorer Serhou Guirassy has just fluffed a huge chance to put visitors Stuttgart ahead. Silas is foiled by a deflection on the follow up.
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05ers bright opening
Mainz have made a solid start against Stuttgart with Marco Richter enjoying the game's best chance to date. The 25-year-old's close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Alexander Nübel, on loan at VfB from Bayern Munich.
Minute silence respected
Kick off in Mainz!
The 05ers are underway in their Matchday 4 encounter against Stuttgart.
Watch: Stuttgart in the house
Zentner (c) - Van den Berg, Bell, Fernandes - Caci, Barreiro, Kohr, Mwene - Richter, Lee - Onisiwo
Rieß, Batz, Barkok, Krauß, Ajorque, Da Costa, Papela, Mamutovic
Nübel - Stenzel, Anton (c), Zagadou, Ito - Karazor, Stiller - Silas, Millot, Führich - Guirassy
Bredlow, Mittelstädt, Leweling, Milosevic, Egloff, Undav, Rouault, Massimo, Raimund
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Not only is Serhou Guirassy the Bundesliga's leading marksman this season with five goals, the Guinea international is unmatched in the division since making his debut for Stuttgart, the striker scoring 16 times since his maiden appearance for the The Swabians in September 2022.
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Can Mainz end their winless start to the new Bundesliga season against free-scoring VfB Stuttgart? Stay tuned to find out!