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Stuttgart strength denies United

Published: Thursday 2 October 2003
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Manchester United FC Bundesliga leaders hold out for a famous victory.

Match statistics

StuttgartMan. United

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target12
 
6
Corners10
 
3
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 2 October 2003

Stuttgart strength denies United

VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Manchester United FC Bundesliga leaders hold out for a famous victory.

Two goals in a pulsating two-minute spell enabled VfB Stuttgart to record their first-ever UEFA Champions League victory against a Manchester United FC side unable to live up to their billing as Group E favourites.

United embarrassed
Imre Szabics and Kevin Kuranyi scored within quick succession early in the second half for a Stuttgart side exuding the confidence which comes from leading the Bundesliga. Only two penalty incidents helped United avoid a heavier defeat: Ruud van Nistelrooij scored one with ease, while United goalkeeper Tim Howard produced a miraculous save to prevent Fernando Meira doing the same.

Balanced start
United had the better of the first half - in terms of possession and passing - but Stuttgart posed the bigger threat in the box. Szabics and Andreas Hinkel had early chances to test Howard, yet neither did. Szabics wasted another chance, this time with his head, as the half drew to a close but the Hungarian international made amends soon after the break.

Opening goal
Szabics made an excellent run to create space for himself after Gary Neville had moved to close down Philipp Lahm. When a cross came in and the 18-year-old Lahm beat the United defender to a flicked header, Szabics was able to collect the ball, beat Rio Ferdinand and then, from 20 metres, Howard.

Kuranyi strikes
Even better was to come in the next minute. Kuranyi, the Brazilian-born striker who had worked tirelessly to collect the ball from inside his own half, was fed a pass by Szabics. With no marker to worry about, the German international had a clear run on goal before chipping the ball over the falling Howard. 

United restructure
To their credit, United remained composed. Sir Alex Ferguson brought on Quinton Fortune for John O'Shea and pushed Ryan Giggs over to the left from a central position; a switch which was to pay almost immediate dividends.

Penalty chance
The Welsh winger colected the ball out wide, looked up and hit a diagonal pass across goal which was agonisingly missed by Van Nistelrooij and Roy Keane. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Timo Hildebrand pounced to collect the loose ball, and the goalkeeper was adjudged to have felled the Portuguese winger.

Showed his class
Despite having missed his three previous penalties, Dutch international Van Nistelrooij showed his class from the spot, giving United a lifeline by drilling the ball right-footed past Hildebrand.

Howard heroics
Stuttgart, though, refused to be shaken, and launched forward forays at every opportunity. This policy almost paid off as Kuranyi won a penalty after a Ferdinand foul. Fernando Meira took the kick with confidence, yet could only watch and despair as the American Howard dived the right way to make an outstanding stop at full stretch.

Pressure mounts
The save gave the English champions extra impetus, which was added to following the arrival of the lively Diego Forlán. But to the intense relief of the packed Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart held on to secure a famous victory.

 

Last updated: 02/10/03 11.34CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

man. united

Man. United

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
14
HowardTim Howard (GK)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Yellow Card64
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
Penalty80
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Substitution82
8
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution73
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution90+2
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution87
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal67
16
HeldtHorst Heldt
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
Goal50
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo (C)
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Substitution71
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution65
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal52
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre

Substitutes

23
HeinenDirk Heinen (GK)
13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution87
8
ButtNicky Butt
11
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
12
BellionDavid Bellion
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
Substitution71
19
Djemba-DjembaEric Djemba-Djemba
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Substitution73
Yellow Card81
21
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution82
14
CenturiónEmanuel Centurión
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution90+2
18
CacauCacau
25
FortuneQuinton Fortune
Substitution65

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Giovanni Stevanato (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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