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Stuttgart surge sweeps Unirea away

Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.45CET
VfB Stuttgart 3-1 FC Unirea Urziceni
Ciprian Marica, Christian Träsch and Pavel Pogrebnyak all struck in the opening eleven minutes to take Christian Gross's side through.
by Andy James
from VfB Arena

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Match statistics

StuttgartUnirea Urziceni

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners6
 
3
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed23
 
15
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.45CET

Stuttgart surge sweeps Unirea away

VfB Stuttgart 3-1 FC Unirea Urziceni
Ciprian Marica, Christian Träsch and Pavel Pogrebnyak all struck in the opening eleven minutes to take Christian Gross's side through.

VfB Stuttgart reached the UEFA Champions League first knockout round for the first time in five years, overwhelming FC Unirea Urziceni with three goals in the first eleven minutes to claim second place in Group G at their opponents' expense.

Advantage overturned
The Romanian titleholders travelled to Germany holding a two-point lead over Stuttgart yet were powerless to deny Christian Gross a dream start to his new job. The 55-year-old replaced Markus Babbel on Sunday and watched in jubilation as his new charges began at breathtaking speed, goals from Ciprian Marica, Christian Träsch and Pavel Pogrebnyak effectively wrapping up a last-16 place despite António Semedo's reply early in the second period.

Khedira the key
The hosts could scarcely have imagined a better start, taking a three-goal lead before Unirea could draw breath. Sami Khedira, a surprise inclusion following a foot injury, swiftly proved worthy of Gross's gamble, delivering a perfect cross for Marica to nod past the stranded Giedrius Arlauskis with five minutes gone. Although Jens Lehmann was forced into a superb save from his own defender as Stefano Celozzi made a last-ditch challenge on Marius Ioan Bilasco, the early momentum was with Stuttgart, who doubled their advantage from the resulting corner.

Composed finishes

Breaking swiftly, Timo Gebhart's long pass allowed Träsch to outstrip the Unirea defence and shoot low across Arlauskis and into the bottom corner of the net. Three minutes later the Stuttgart supporters were rubbing their eyes in disbelief as Khedira laid on his second of the night and the home team's third, Pogrebnyak picking up his ball in from the right and jinking past two defenders before finishing coolly through the goalkeeper's legs.

Semedo consolation
With the match all but decided already, the Bundesliga strugglers relaxed and continued to dictate proceedings without adding to their lead before the interval. Their composure suffered a jolt five minutes into the second period when Semedo made the most of Artur Boka's mistake to reduce the visitors' deficit, though Stuttgart quickly regained the initiative by creating a plethora of chances.

Gebhardt goes close
Substitute Sebastian Rudy was the first to threaten, linking up superbly with Marica only to drive straight at Arslauskis, before Marica himself was unfortunate not to find a team-mate after breaking down the left. With Unirea attempting to hurt their hosts on the counterattack, Stuttgart accepted the invitation to pour forward and came close to restoring their three-goal lead when Gebhart curled a delightful shot beyond Arlauskis, only to watch his effort clip the outside of the post.

Qualification assured
The German side continued to look the more likely scorers as the match entered its final stages, with Unirea never seriously threatening to mount the remarkable fightback required after that sensational Stuttgart start. Dan Petrescu's side therefore go into the draw for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on 18 December; Gross, meanwhile, will be hoping a second successive UEFA Champions League win can provide the impetus to revive Stuttgart's stuttering domestic fortunes.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.13CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

unirea urziceni

Unirea Urziceni

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Goal5
Substitution83
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco (C)
Yellow Card43
13
GebhartTimo Gebhart
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
15
BokaArthur Boka
11
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Substitution46
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre (C)
17
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Goal46
23
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution55
19
BrandánPablo Brandán
Yellow Card75
27
CelozziStefano Celozzi
21
BălanTiberiu Bălan
Substitution62
28
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution60
22
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
29
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Goal11
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
35
TräschChristian Träsch
Goal8
32
ApostolIulian Apostol
Yellow Card68
Substitution86

Substitutes

24
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
74
TudorDaniel Tudor (GK)
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
5
TodoranDinu Todoran
Substitution86
16
RudySebastian Rudy
Substitution55
8
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
18
CacauCacau
Substitution83
9
VargaSerban Dacian Varga
Substitution46
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution62
32
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution60
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
39
SchieberJulian Schieber
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Dan Petrescu (ROU)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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