VfB Stuttgart - August Results
Felix Magath starts his Stuttgart career for the second time, picking up two wins from his first three games in charge.
VfL Bochum 1-3 Stuttgart
Yusuke Tasaka (75)
Jonathan Soriano (6, 62, 86)
Jonathan Soriano, 9.5
In Magath's first competitive game since leaving Fulham earlier this year, Stuttgart took on 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum at rewirpowerSTADION. Die Rote began the game very brightly and took the lead after just six minutes through new man Jonathan Soriano. The Spanish striker joined from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer and was able to make an instant impact as he turned Alexandru Maxim's corner into the net on the half volley.
Bochum began to get a foothold in the game but their work came to nothing just past the hour mark when Soriano netted for the second time. The goal came on the break, with Carlos Gruezo breaking down a Bochum attack before finding youngster Timo Werner on the left flank. The German continued forward on a remarkable run to the edge of the penalty area and attempted to swing in a cross but the defence dealt with it. Gruezo was first to react, however, and played a great pass into the box which found Soriano. It was smooth sailing from there and with just the goalkeeper to beat he curled it into the far post to extend the lead.
Stuttgart would get a scare later on when they left themselves exposed in defence. Captain Christian Gentner lost the ball in the Bochum half and the second division side capitalized. Wide man Piotr Cwielong received Adnan Zahirovic's long ball and played an inch perfect cross in towards Japanese forward Yusuke Tasaka who nodded the ball in to bring the deficit back to just one goal.
However, Soriano ensured that his debut would be remembered when he bagged his hat-trick late on. This time he picked up Sercan Sararer's short pass, before skillfully evading two challenges. Despite being off balance, Soriano managed to chip the ball over the Bochum goalkeeper from 20 yards. This win means that Stuttgart progress to the next round of the DfB Pokal, where they will face Holstein Kiel of the third division.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Stuttgart
Shinji Kagawa (8), Jakub Błaszczykowski (9)
Timo Werner (45+2)
Shinji Kagawa, 9.0
Both teams looked to get their Bundesliga campaign underway with the best start possible as Stuttgart traveled to Signal Iduna Park to face Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund. Early signs were not at all promising for Stuttgart, as BvB threatened Sven Ulreich's goal on several occasions. The breakthrough was made just before ten minutes had been played as former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa produced a finish from the top drawer. The chance seemed to be dead as the Japanese player ran away from the Stuttgart box, but a quick piece of skill brought him to the edge of the area where he struck a ferocious shot into the top corner. The goal could well be a contender for the Goal of the Season.
Straight from Stuttgart's kick-off, Dortmund made it 2-0. Another outstanding goal. Once again Kagawa had a part in it, running with the ball to the edge of the Stuttgart area before sending a lofted pass backwards to Polish winger Jakub Błaszczykowski. Błaszczykowski hit the ball first time on the volley from just past 30 yards, and Kagawa looked disappointed. The disappointment turned to complete shock moments afterwards, as the ball somehow found its way into the top left of Ulreich's net. Two brilliant goals from Dortmund were enough to give them the three points, but Stuttgart continued to fight.
Timo Werner, who replaced Jonathan Soriano up top for Stuttgart in this game, pulled a goal back for his side in first half stoppage time. Alexandru Maxim's 20 yard free-kick looked like it could have been another wonderful strike in this game but instead the Romanian hit the bar and Werner tucked away the rebound from six yards.
Stuttgart 5-1 FC Köln
Angelo Ogbonna (21), Sercan Sararer (38, 42, 85), Oriol Romeu (79)
Marcel Risse (68)
Sercan Sararer, 9.6
Following their defeat to Dortmund, Stuttgart were determined to get their first league win of the season in front of their own fans. Jonathan Soriano's place in the starting lineup was restored, with Werner being pushed out to the left wing. The game was quiet until Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna netted his first Stuttgart goal since joining in the summer from Juventus, heading Alexandru Maxim's corner into the roof of the net. Maxim provided another assist soon after. He received the ball on the edge of the area following Werner's short pass, and the Romanian tried an effort at goal. Timo Horn could only parry the ball into the path of Turkish winger Sercan Sararer, who had an open goal and finished with ease.
The game was wrapped up just before half time. Maxim whipped in another cross which was headed clear by the defenders but only as far as captain Christian Gentner, who controlled the ball on the edge of the area before chipping a pass forward to Sararer, who tucked it into the corner. There were appeals of offside but replays have since shown that the Turk's goal was legal. Köln pulled one back after half time when Yuya Osako played through Marcel Risse, who brilliantly curled the ball into the top right. Magath would have to wait for his first clean sheet. Sararer would get his hat-trick, but not before Maxim could make another contribution - swinging in a corner which Oriol Romeu expertly volleyed home. Sararer stole the show late on after Timo Horn was once again unable to deal with a powerful shot from Vedad Ibišević and the 24-year-old winger ghosted in to pick up the rebound.