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Szabics sends Stuttgart top

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.11CET
VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Panathinaikos FC Imre Szabics and Zvonimir Soldo on target as Stuttgart climb.

Match statistics

StuttgartPanathinaikos

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners10
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.11CET

Szabics sends Stuttgart top

VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Panathinaikos FC Imre Szabics and Zvonimir Soldo on target as Stuttgart climb.

VfB Stuttgart moved to the top of UEFA Champions League Group E with a comprehensive victory against Panathinaikos FC at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion.

Stuttgart top
First-half goals from Imre Szabics and Zvonimir Soldo did the damage as the German side replaced Rangers FC at the top, level on six points with Manchester United FC after their 1-0 win at Ibrox.

Soldo returns
Riding high in the Bundesliga and buoyed by their Matchday 2 victory against the English champions, Stuttgart were further boosted by the news that their influential captain, Zvonimir Soldo, had overcome a calf injury to start, allowing coach Felix Magath to field the same side that had overcome United three weeks previously.

Heldt comes close
Stuttgart picked up from where they had left off that night, producing some wonderful flowing football to put Panathinaikos on the back foot from the start. With the full-backs Andreas Hinkel and Philipp Lahm always looking to push forward, Stuttgart pressed the visiting side deep into their own half and created their first chance on 12 minutes when Horst Heldt's stinging drive was turned away by Antonios Nikopolidis.

Szabics scores
Stuttgart's ceaseless probing was made to count just a minute later. Lahm crossed from the left and Szabics rose to head in from close range.

Panathinaikos changes
Injuries to Sotirios Kirgiakos and Emmanuel Olisadebe and the suspension of Ioannis Goumas - sent off in the 1-1 draw with Rangers on Matchday 2 - forced Panathinaikos coach Itzhak Shum to ring the changes in a bid to kickstart his side's campaign. But they had little impact on Stuttgart and with Dimitrios Papadopoulos running the line alone up front, the visitiors were rarely able to hold the ball up for long.

Soldo scores
Warning was served on 21 minutes when Marcelo Bordon's powerful strike curled narrowly wide, and a second goal was not long coming. On 25 minutes Horst Heldt crossed from the right and Soldo rose at the near post to head in with Nikopolidis rooted to his line.

Zutautas strike
Stuttgart took their foot off the pedal after the second goal and Panathinaikos were given some room to come forward, but their only attempt on goal was Raimondas Zutautas's long-range strike on 31 minutes that Timo Hildebrand gathered easily.

Early impact
At the break, Shum swapped Dimitrios Papadopoulos, the victim of a nasty challenge from behind by Fernando Meira late in the first half, for Michalis Konstantinou, who soon made his presence known to Hildebrand, though again the keeper had little difficulty in collecting his 48th-minute shot.

Szabics comes close
Panathinaikos began to enjoy more of the ball, but the better chances were still falling to the German side. On 56 minutes a loose ball in the box fell to Szabics who stabbed it straight at Nikopolidis. At the other end, Panagiotis Fyssas jinked past two men before shooting narrowly over.

Stuttgart in control
Stuttgart were well in control, however, and ready to up the tempo when the opening presented itself. Lahm, who had already impressed with his crossing to set up Szabics's goal, then thrilled the capacity crowd with a lovely run down the left, the 19-year-old weaving past two men before Giourkas Seitaridis stopped him on the by-line with a terrific sliding tackle.

Panathinaikos compete
To Panathinaikos's credit they competed to the end, Angelos Basinas bringing out a good save from Hildebrand with a 79th-minute strike. But Stuttgart were never in any danger as they held off the Greek side, still bottom with just one point from three games, to work their way to the top of Group E.

Last updated: 24/10/03 10.31CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon
3
MorrisNasief Morris
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
Yellow Card45
4
MaricSilvio Maric
8
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution77
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
6
MünchMarkus Münch
Substitution69
16
HeldtHorst Heldt
Substitution62
11
PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
Substitution46
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
Goal13
Substitution84
14
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo (C)
Goal25
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
35
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen

Substitutes

23
HeinenDirk Heinen (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution77
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
11
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution84
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
10
EpalléJoël Epallé
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Substitution62
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution46
18
CacauCacau
22
SapanisMiltos Sapanis
35
BrancoSerge Branco
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution69

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Itzhak Shum (ISR)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Rombout Hennissen (BEL), Danny Vanderhoven (BEL)

Fourth official

Johny Ver Eecke (BEL)

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