Mainz 05 - Stuttgart

Germany: Bundesliga
Mainz 05 R. Quaison (13), M. Niakhate (77)
OPEL ARENAFull time1-4Attendance: 3.403
Stuttgart S. Wamangituka (45), D. Didavi (61), M. Klimowicz (80), S. Kalajdzic (86), P. Stenzel (90)

Stuttgart demolish Mainz, plunge Pfälzer deeper into chaos

By Peter Vice

The internal crisis plaguing Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05 could only have been worsened by a 4-1 shellacking from visiting Stuttgart.

Opel Arena.
Opel Arena.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

A strong offensive by Pellegrino Matarazzo's Stuttgart seemed to be offset when Mainz striker Robin Quaison scored against the run-of-play in the 13th minute. Ridle Baku, Jean-Paul Boetius, and Jean-Phillipoe Mateta were all involved in a clever team build-up that ultimately saw Quaison give the host a 1-0 lead.

The Rheinhessen held on to their slender lead for nearly the entire first half, with Boetius only just missing a chance to double the advantage in the 25th. After fending off die Schwaben for much of the opening 45. Unfortunately, they couldn't preclude Gonzalo Castro's fine layoff for Silas Wamangituka's equalizer in the 45th.

Stuttgart were far the better side after the break. With the Nullfünfter losing so many balls in midfield, it only seemed a matter of time before the plucky guests would open up the floodgates. Sasa Kalajdzic unselfishly set up Daniel Didavi for a tap in to put Stuttgart 2-1 ahead in the 61st. Mainz tried to get their offensive in gear, but were completely broken when central defender Moussa Niakite was sent off on a yellow accumulation in the 77th.

Substitute Mateo Klimowicz would add another tally in the 80th before Kalajdzic rendered the humiliation complete in the 86th. Tensions boiled over on the pitch thereafter as Stuttgart defender Pascal Stenzel also saw red in the first minute of injury time.

Tipped by many as the most likely club to finish bottom of the table, Mainz's disastrous start to the season surely leads 05er sporting director Rouven Schröder considering changes at the top to stop the slide.

Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
34Ridle Baku
4Jeremiah St. Juste
19Moussa Niakhate
18Daniel Brosinski ↪82
35Leandro Barreiro ↪69
6Danny Latza (C)
21Karim Onisiwo
5Jean-Paul Boëtius ↪82
7Robin Quaison
9Jean-Philippe Mateta ↪86
37Finn Dahmen
22Issah Abass
29Jonathan Burkardt ↩82
13Dimitri Lavalée
23Philipp Mwene
42Alexander Hack ↩82
8Levin Öztunali ↩69
25Niklas Tauer
26Paul Nebel ↩86
1Gregor Kobel
15Pascal Stenzel
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
3Wataru Endo
14Silas Wamangituka ↪83
23Orel Mangala ↪87
8Gonzalo Castro (C) ↪74
24Borna Sosa
10Daniel Didavi ↪82
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↪87
33Fabian Bredlow
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↩87
16Atakan Karazor
35Marcin Kamiński
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↩82
19Darko Churlinov
21Phillipp Klement ↩87
30Roberto Massimo ↩83
31Mateo Klimowicz ↩74

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