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Stuttgart seal group-stage berth

Published: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 23.15CET
VfB Stuttgart 0-0 FC Timişoara (agg: 2-0)
The German hosts completed their passage to the group stage more convincingly than a goalless draw at the VfB Arena suggests.
by Andy James
from VfB Arena
Stuttgart seal group-stage berth
Stuttgart celebrate at full time ©Getty Images

Match statistics

StuttgartTimişoara

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
5
Corners5
 
1
Offsides1
 
8
Fouls committed8
 
21
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 23.15CET

Stuttgart seal group-stage berth

VfB Stuttgart 0-0 FC Timişoara (agg: 2-0)
The German hosts completed their passage to the group stage more convincingly than a goalless draw at the VfB Arena suggests.

VfB Stuttgart confirmed their passage to the UEFA Champions League group stage as a goalless second-leg draw against FC Timişoara at the VfB Arena, sent them through 2-0 on aggregate.

High anticipation
There was an air of expectation among the home fans prior to kick-off which made for a lively atmosphere, although the VfB faithful would have hoped for a more proficient attacking display. Stuttgart dictated the play from start to finish but failed to score against a Timişoara side who offered little to suggest they might reverse their two-goal deficit from the previous meeting.

Gebhart impetus
Indeed, Stuttgart began the match as they meant to go on, forging the first chance on 12 minutes when Sami Khedira volleyed a swerving long-range effort past the top right corner. The Romanian visitors' riposte was swift, with Alexandru Curtean unfortunate to see a fierce right-foot effort fly wide of the near post from a similar distance, but Stuttgart were soon in control. With Aleksandr Hleb injured, Timo Gebhart provided much of the creative impetus and on 30 minutes goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon denied him from a tight angle after a mazy run.

Marica miss
Timişoara were limited to hopeful balls forward, although Stuttgart were grateful for Serdar Tasci's desperate challenge to prevent Arman Karamyan on the counterattack with left-back Ludovic Magnin stranded up-field. Still, the hosts continued to press and again went close as Pavel Pogrebnyak powered past Éder, only for Ciprian Marica to fire his centre over under pressure. There was time for one more chance before the break as Marica seized on a loose ball in midfield and fired from distance; Pantilimon saved.

Rudy effort
It was more of the same after the restart as the Timişoara keeper denied Gebhart, though even he was helpless when Sebastian Rudy rattled the upright soon after. A goal seemed on the cards when Pogrebnyak blazed narrowly wide shortly afterwards but Timişoara stood firm. The visitors had offered little in return but almost took a surprise lead midway through the second half as Gheorghe Bucur stole in ahead of Jens Lehmann to head just wide. It was as close as they came to a goal, however, and Stuttgart cruised into Thursday's draw for the group stage for the third time in seven years.

Last updated: 26/08/09 23.42CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

timişoara

Timişoara

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
29
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
2
Éder BonfimÉder Bonfim
Yellow Card35
Substitution60
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution79
3
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger (C)
6
NibombeDare Nibombe (C)
13
GebhartTimo Gebhart
Substitution90
9
ParksWinston Parks
16
RudySebastian Rudy
Substitution67
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Yellow Card20
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
17
BorbélyBalázs Borbély
Substitution46
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
18
BucurGheorghe Bucur
27
CelozziStefano Celozzi
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
Substitution73
28
KhediraSami Khedira
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu
Yellow Card88
29
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
77
CurteanAlexandru Curtean

Substitutes

24
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
99
TabordaPedro Taborda (GK)
3
OsorioRicardo Osorio
7
StancuStelian Stancu
Substitution46
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
8
VršičDare Vršič
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
Substitution67
13
ScutaruCristian Scutaru
Substitution73
18
CacauCacau
23
IonescuClaudiu Ionescu
Substitution60
25
ÉlsonÉlson
Substitution90
39
SchieberJulian Schieber
Substitution79

Coach

Markus Babbel (GER) Ioan Sabău (ROU)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Paolo Calcagno (ITA), Stefano Ayroldi (ITA)

Fourth official

Gabriele Gava (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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