Bremen - Stuttgart

Germany: Bundesliga
Bremen D. Selke (90)
Stuttgart S. Wamangituka (Pen. 31), S. Wamangituka (90)

Silas Wamangituka speaks out on his controversial goal against Werder Bremen

By Rune Gjerulff

VfB Stuttgart forward Silas Wamangituka has defended himself against accusations of poor sportsmanship after his controversial goal against Werder Bremen.

Silas Wamangituka.
Silas Wamangituka.

Silas Wamangituka has explained himself following VfB Stuttgart's 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday, which saw the Congolese forward booked for unsportsmanlike conduct after his second goal.

Wamangituka capitalised on a mistake from the Werder defence to make it 2-0 after he was allowed to dribble towards an empty net from some 30 yards out. Instead of scoring straight away, Wamangituka waited until Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka hurried him up before putting the ball over the line.

The Congolese forward has received plenty of criticism for his action, which has been described as 'disrespectful' by Bremen's Davie Selke.

Wamangituka, however, insists he didn't mean to show disrespect to his opponent.

"I have respect for my opponent in every phase of the game. With my second goal, I wanted to win as much time as possible for my team in this important game. I didn't want to provoke the Bremen goalkeeper and my opponent in any way," the Stuttgart player stated in an Instagram post.

1Jiří Pavlenka
23Theodor Gebre Selassie (C)
21Ömer Toprak
32Marco Friedl
5Ludwig Augustinsson
36Christian Groß ↩87
35Maximilian Eggestein
10Leonardo Bittencourt ↩60
8Yūya Ōsako ↩80
22Tahith Chong
19Joshua Sargent ↩60
27Stefanos Kapino
9Davie Selke ↪60
41Nick Woltemade ↪60
17Felix Agu
18Niklas Moisander
33Julian Rieckmann
20Romano Schmid ↪80
28Ilia Gruev
29Patrick Erras ↪87
1Gregor Kobel
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩46
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
3Wataru Endo
14Silas Wamangituka ↩90
23Orel Mangala
8Gonzalo Castro (C) ↩59
24Borna Sosa
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↩59
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↩73
33Fabian Bredlow
15Pascal Stenzel ↪46
35Marcin Kamiński
19Darko Churlinov ↪90
20Philipp Förster ↪59
21Phillipp Klement ↪59
25Lilian Egloff
30Roberto Massimo ↪73
31Mateo Klimowicz

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