Mainz 05 recorded their first victory in 10 games this evening as they came from behind to beat VfB Stuttgart 3-1 at the Coface Arena.
Mainz’s only other victory in their new stadium came at the first attempt when they defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 on opening weekend.
Since then, Thomas Tuchel’s side had lost 5 home games in a row, compared to their away form that has seen them pick up 6 points; only losing once.
The home side were the better side in the first half but failed to take advantage of their possession as both sides went into half time with the scores deadlocked.
Less than 6 minutes into the second half and Martin Harnik had found space down the right wing to fire in a low cross which Cacau converted unmarked 6 yards out to put the visitors ahead.
VfB Stuttgart were in front for less than two minutes as Anthony Ujah scored his first Bundesliga goal, heading home Elkin Soto’s cross from the left.
The home side were gifted the opportunity to take the lead on the house when referee Guido Winkmann adjudged Maza to have fouled Nikolai Müller in penalty area. There had been no appeals by the Mainz player.
Andreas Ivanschitz stepped up and blasted the ball into the bottom right corner as Sven Ulreich dived the wrong way. The Austrian had a shot cleared off the goal line by Khalid Boulahrouz in the first half; the closest either side came to scoring in the opening 45 minutes.
3 minutes later Niko Bungert was grateful to goalkeeper Christian Wetklo for tipping his misguided, looping header over the bar. From the ensuing corner, Mainz broke up the field which resulted in Anthony Ujah scoring his second goal of the game when he beat Ulreich to the ball to tap into an unguarded net.
After a frantic opening twenty minutes of the second half, the game settled down. Both sides reduced themselves to a number of long range efforts.
Eugen Polanski was shown a straight red card for a tackle from behind on Christoph Hemlein at the half way line but the home side held on for their first win in 10 matches to move them further away from the relegation zone.
Mexican defender Maza was shown his second yellow card after the final whistle after towering over referee Winkmann. He now misses Stuttgart’s home tie with FC Augsburg next Sunday.