Bundesliga: Stuttgart beat Mainz on Silas' return to end winless streak

The 23-year-old Silas hadn't played since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Bayern Munich last season on March 20. He'd scored 11 goals and set up five more in the 24 leagues games before that one

The Associated Press November 27, 2021 13:12:49 IST
Bundesliga: Stuttgart beat Mainz on Silas' return to end winless streak

Stuttgart's Mateo Klimowicz, left, and Mainz's Jean-Paul Boetius battle for the ball during the Bundesliga soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. AP

Stuttgart (Germany): Stuttgart forward Silas Katompa Mvumpa returned from a long injury layoff to help see out a 2-1 win over Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Goals from Borna Sosa and Hiroki Ito on Friday earned Stuttgart its first win in seven games across all competitions and its first in the Bundesliga since October 2. "Very, very important," Sosa said of the win. "We're very happy."

The 23-year-old Silas hadn't played since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Bayern Munich last season on March 20. He'd scored 11 goals and set up five more in the 24 leagues games before that one.

Stuttgart said in June that the Congolese forward had been playing under the false name of Silas Wamangituka and was a year older than previously thought.

Ito broke the deadlock against Mainz with a fine strike inside the far post in the 21st minute, set up by Orel Mangala. It was the Japanese defender's first Bundesliga goal following his offseason switch from Jbilo Iwata.

The home team had a penalty awarded shortly afterward for an apparent foul by Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner on Konstantinos Mavropanos. But the decision was reversed after a VAR review showed Zentner touched the ball with his attempted clearance before he connected with Mavropanos.

Alexander Hack equalized with a header from a corner in the 39th, but Sosa scored what proved to be the winner in the 51st by firing inside the near post from Mangala's layoff. It was also Sosa's first Bundesliga goal.

Silas looked lively after coming on to a rousing reception from the home fans in the 85th and will be looking forward to the next game at home to Hertha Berlin next weekend.

Stuttgart climbed out of the relegation playoff place and up to 13th ahead of the rest of the 12th round.

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