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Stuttgart suffer Celtic fightback

Published: Thursday 20 February 2003, 23.00CET
Celtic FC 3-1 VfB Stuttgart Scottish champions open up a clear advantage over ten-man Stuttgart.

Match statistics

CelticStuttgart

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 20 February 2003, 23.00CET

Stuttgart suffer Celtic fightback

Celtic FC 3-1 VfB Stuttgart Scottish champions open up a clear advantage over ten-man Stuttgart.

Celtic FC gave themselves a big push towards the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup with a 3-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart at Celtic Park which owed a good deal to the early dismissal of Brazilian defender Marcelo Bordon.

Shock lead
Surprisingly after the 17th-minute red card that followed a foul on Stilian Petrov the German side gained the lead. Then Celtic took full control, sustained constant pressure on the Stuttgart goal, and scored three times to give themselves the advantage.

Influential Petrov
Bordon could have no complaints as the determined Stilian Petrov was striding clear of the last man with purpose. Having been so instrumental in that incident the same player then laid on Paul Lambert's equaliser before completing the scoring himself with a clever drive.

Kuranyi header
Stuttgart, riding high in the 1. Bundesliga and winners in four of their last five games, seemed to stun even themselves as they took the lead in the 26th minute. Following a free-kick, one of a succession in a physical first half, Krassimir Balakov lofted the ball towards the far post where Kevin Kuranyi rose to steer home a firm header.

Super response
That was a magnificent response to the crippling blow of the red card but with fellow striker Ioannis Amanatidis - impressive in the initial stages - having been sacrificed to allow for the introduction of defender Steffen Dangelmayr, Stuttgart were seldom able to threaten again as the hooped shirts established complete surpemacy.

Celtic absentees
Celtic were without prolific marksman Henrik Larsson and defender Johan Mjällby through injury and John Hartson because of suspension and then received another blow on the eve of the game when goalkeeper Magnus Hedman strained a thigh.

Douglas reprieved
As events transpired those absentees did not prove as damaging as had been thought and replacement keeper Rab Douglas, who manager Martin O'Neill admitted was not 100 per cent fit, escaped a severe examination over his fitness. The equaliser followed in the 36th minute after Petrov chested the ball into the path of Paul Lambert who cut a lacerating drive past Timo Hildebrand and into the far corner.

Maloney's moment
One became two when 20-year-old Shaun Maloney scored on the stroke of half-time to justify his selection. He was provided the opportunity after a defender declined the easy option to clear Alan Thompson's cross and directed the ball into Maloney's feet. The second half was all Celtic and they found it easy to pin the visitors back. Thompson saw a lot of the ball out wide and Petrov buzzed around with deadly intent.

Invitation accepted
His goal arrived in the 68th minute following a low pass that Lambert slid down the left side of the Stuttgart rearguard. The Bulgarian carried the ball almost to the by-line whereupon he spotted that Hildebrand had veered slightly off his post. The invitation was too good to pass up and Petrov skilfully drove the ball through the gap.

'Big result for us'
O'Neill said: "I am very pleased as it was a big result for us, to come back and score three was terrific." However his opposite number, Felix Magath, remained confident, saying: "It will be difficult for us but we will be successful in the second leg."

Last updated: 21/02/03 0.44CET

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Lineups

celtic

Celtic

stuttgart

Stuttgart

20
DouglasRobert Douglas
1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand
4
McNamaraJackie McNamara
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
5
ValgaerenJoos Valgaeren
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon
Red Card16
6
BaldéBobo Baldé
Substitution88
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
Yellow Card25
8
ThompsonAlan Thompson
Substitution69
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Yellow Card35
Substitution76
9
SuttonChris Sutton
10
BalakovKrasimir Balakov (C)
14
LambertPaul Lambert (C)
Goal36
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
17
AgatheDidier Agathe
11
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution18
18
LennonNeil Lennon
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution51
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
Goal68
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
29
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Goal44
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal27

Substitutes

22
MarshallDavid Marshall
21
ErnstThomas Ernst
3
SyllaMohamed Sylla
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
12
FernándezDavid Fernández
16
CarnellBradley Carnell
Substitution51
16
LaursenUlrik Laursen
Substitution88
17
SeitzJochen Seitz
24
HealyColin Healy
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
30
GuppySteve Guppy
29
DangelmayrSteffen Dangelmayr
Substitution18
39
James SmithJames Smith
Substitution69
44
RundioMichael Rundio
Substitution76

Coach

Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Claudio Puglisi (ITA), Silvio Gemignani (ITA)

Fourth official

Emidio Morganti (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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