VfB head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo made three changes to the team which faced Freiburg in Stuttgart last week. Marcin Kaminski, Roberto Massimo and Mateo Klimowicz made way in the starting line-up for Pascal Stenzel, Borna Sosa and Sasa Kalajdzic, the latter making his full Bundesliga debut.
|13th minute||After VfB had looked dangerous in the opening exchanges, Mainz carve out their first chance – and take it. A cross from the right sees Jean-Philippe Mateta head the ball back across the box and Robin Quaison nods it in to make it 1-0.|
|45th minute||Just before the break – what a perfect time to equalise! Good work from Gonzalo Castro sets Silas Wamangituka free on the right side of the box and with room to shoot – which he does, firing it into the far corner to make it 1-1. This is the 20-year-old’s third goal in as many matches already this season.|
|61st minute||The turnaround is complete as VfB make it 2-1 on the hour! Wataru Endo sends a ball deep into the opposition half which finds Kalajdzic on the right. He centres for Daniel Didavi, who taps the ball home to round off a fine move.|
|77th minute||Moussa Niakhaté picks up a second yellow card for pulling the shirt of substitute Klimowicz, and referee Daniel Schlager gives him his marching orders. VfB get to play the final quarter-of-an-hour against ten men.|
|80th minute||What a counter-attack! Wamangituka picks out Klimowicz, who is in the right place at the right time to score his first goal for the lads from Cannstatt and make it 3-1.|
|86th minute||After Wamangituka, Kalajdzic gets his second goal in as many Bundesliga games. Substitute Massimo hits the bar, but the 23-year-old Austrian is on hand to steer home the rebound to make it 4-1.|
|90th+1 minute||In time added on, Pascal Stenzel picks up a second booking after a coming-together with Jonathan Burkardt and is sent off.|
Daniel Didavi :
This is a great group, we’ve got a very balanced team and we all stick together really well. That’s two good games in a row and fortunately we also got the three points today.
Both players and fans had to show a great deal of patience, but it paid off in the end with VfB’s first three Bundesliga points of the season, and with a 4-1 scoreline at that. Kalajdzic and Wamangituka got their second goals in as many league games, while Klimowicz also opened his account for the club.