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No stutter for Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 20.20CET
VfB Stuttgart 4-1 FK Ventspils Three first-half goals put Stuttgart in command.

Match statistics

StuttgartVentspils

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 20.20CET

No stutter for Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart 4-1 FK Ventspils Three first-half goals put Stuttgart in command.

VfB Stuttgart 4-1 FK Ventspils
VfB Stuttgart look on course for the second round of the UFA Cup after recording a 4-1 win against FK Ventspils on Thursday night.

Immediate pressure
Ventspils found themselves under immediate pressure from Felix Magath's side, with Bulgarian playmaker Krassimir Balakov orchestrating the attacks on the Latvian side's goal. The pressure almost paid off when Igors Troickis brought down Bradley Carnell inside the box but Denis Romanovs saved brilliantly Balakov's penalty.

Amanatidis breakthrough
However, Ioannis Amanatidis secured the breakthrough after 22 minutes when he bustled past two defenders before lobbing the ball over Romanovs. Bad turned worse for the visitors eleven minutes later when a superb pass from Carnell found the head of Kevin Kuranyi who had no trouble doubling the score.

Gleb scores from spot
After 40 minutes, Kuranyi doubled his tally when he finished off a counterattack to make it 3-0. Aleksandr Gleb succeeded where Balakov had failed by scoring Stuttgart's fourth from the penalty spot after 56 minutes, before Vits Rimkus cut the deficit to 4-1 ten minutes later.

Magath confident
"We started very well and built a comfortable lead at half-time, then we slowed down in the second half and unfortunately conceded a goal but I'm confident we'll make it to the second round," said Stuttgart coach Felix Magath.

'Too much respect'
His Ventspils counterpart, Paul Ashworth, described the match as "an important lesson" for his team and added: "I think we showed them too much respect in the first half and if we'd played as we did in the second the half-time score would not have been 3-0."

Last updated: 20/09/02 2.16CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

ventspils

Ventspils

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand
1
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs
Substitution53
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
3
TroickisIgors Troickis
Yellow Card15
4
Rui MarquesRui Marques
12
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
Yellow Card58
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon
18
KorabļovsIgors Korabļovs
Yellow Card25
16
CarnellBradley Carnell
6
ŽavoronkovsVladimirs Žavoronkovs
10
BalakovKrasimir Balakov
Substitution46
14
Igors V StepanovsIgors V Stepanovs
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Goal58
Substitution83
15
StukalinasIgors Stukalinas
Substitution76
11
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Goal22
Substitution74
22
BičkaDeimantas Bička
17
SeitzJochen Seitz
Yellow Card75
7
ZangareevSergei Zangareev
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
23
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution65
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal33
Goal40
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Goal65

Substitutes

21
ErnstThomas Ernst
16
VaņinsAndris Vaņins
Substitution53
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution46
Yellow Card81
4
GospodinovGospodin Gospodinov
3
WenzelTimo Wenzel
5
KvasninsEdgars Kvasnins
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Substitution74
19
AgafonovAndrei Agafonov
Substitution76
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
25
ZiziļevsMihails Ziziļevs
18
DundeeSean Dundee
11
LandyrevEvgeni Landyrev
Substitution65
25
MutzelMichael Mutzel
Substitution83
17
LuchiancicovAnatolii Luchiancicov

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Paul Anthony Ashworth (LVA)

Referee

Marian Mircea Salomir (ROU)

Assistant referees

Dan Robert Lazarescu (ROU), George Adrian Vidan (ROU)

Fourth official

Ionica Serea (ROU)

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