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Mario Gomez makes big impact in second Stuttgart debut

From FOX Sports - January 13, 2018

BERLIN (AP)Mario Gomez celebrated his return to Stuttgart with a hand in the sides late goal to beat visiting Hertha Berlin 1-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The Germany striker was being held by Hertha defender Niklas Stark and appealed for a penalty when they both fell over, only for the ball to come off Stark and loop over his own goalkeeper. Referee Felix Brych allowed the goal to stand.

Gomez was playing his first competitive game for Stuttgart since rejoining the side in a winter transfer from Wolfsburg. The 32-year-old Gomezs career began with Stuttgart youth sides before he helped the senior side win the Bundesliga in 2007.

Stuttgart climbed away from the relegation zone and was just four points behind Hertha in mid-table.

We didnt play the stars out of the sky but it was an important win for us, said Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf, who acknowledged Hertha was the better side.

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