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Yildirim strike silences Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 25 November 2004, 23.16CET
SC Heerenveen 1-0 VfB Stuttgart Ugur Yildirim's second-half goal proves enough for a first victory.

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Goals scored1
 
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Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 November 2004, 23.16CET

Yildirim strike silences Stuttgart

SC Heerenveen 1-0 VfB Stuttgart Ugur Yildirim's second-half goal proves enough for a first victory.

SC Heerenveen secured their first points in UEFA Cup Group G after Ugur Yildirim's strike midway through the second half proved enough to defeat section leaders VfB Stuttgart at the Abe Lenstra stadium.

Golden opportunity
The 22-year-old striker collected a poor clearance from Boris Zivkovic and unleashed a shot from eight metres that deflected off Markus Babbel and left Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand helpless. Substitute Yuri Rose missed a golden opportunity to double the lead, and Stuttgart had numerous opportunities to equalise but Heereven held on for three welcome points.

Haarala return
Heerenveen welcomed Hannu Haarala back to the side as coach Gert Jan Verbeek opted to field Stefan Selakovic and Yildirim behind lone striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar in a Christmas tree formation. Silvio Meissner, Zivkovic, Horst Heldt and striker Cacau all returned to Matthias Sammer's starting lineup, and the visitors knew that a win would seal their progress to the knockout stages.

Defensive errors
Both sides struggled to cope with the thick blanket of fog that enveloped the ground and most of the first-half chances came from defensive errors rather than attacking endeavour. On 14 minutes Stuttgart left-back Martin Stranzl almost put Hildebrand in trouble with a strong back-pass, but the goalkeeper recovered to clear.

Kuranyi denied
Hildebrand was culpable six minutes later, however, throwing the ball straight at Daniel Berg Hestad but the Norwegian midfield player appeared surprised and failed to capitalise. Kevin Kuranyi then went close at the other end, almost rounding off a sublime move involving Aliaksandr Hleb and Cacau but was denied by desperate last-gasp defending.

Near miss
In the 34th minute, Brian Vanderbussche appeared not to notice Kuranyi as he took his time over a clearance and only a warning from the capacity crowed alerted the Heerenveen goalkeeper to the danger and he just managed to clear. Zivkovic then came close to scoring an own goal after misjudging a back-header, which looped beyond Hildebrand and just over the bar.

Attacking endeavour
The fog lifted during the interval and both teams' reluctance to commit men forward also disappeared. Within three minutes of the restart, the visitors were almost rewarded for their adventure when Babbel and Kuranyi both went close within a minute but Vanderbussche was equal to the task on each occasion.

Rose reluctance
The deadlock was finally broken on 65 minutes when Yildirim scored his second of the competition. Rose then missed a gilt-edged chance after springing the offside trap but he took an age to finally shoot past Hildebrand, allowing Stranzl time to recover and block on the line.

Late chances
From that moment on the Bundesliga outfit created numerous chances and in the last ten minutes Christian Tiffert, Zivkovic and Meissner could all have gained Stuttgart a share of the spoils. Heerenveen held on for the victory, however, and will now travel to face NK Dinamo Zagreb on 2 December on three points, three fewer than Stuttgart who face the same opposition 13 days later.

Last updated: 26/11/04 11.37CET

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Lineups

heerenveen

Heerenveen

stuttgart

Stuttgart

25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK) (C)
22
HaaralaHannu Haarala
Yellow Card73
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
3
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
4
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
Substitution87
6
RadomskiArkadiusz Radomski (C)
5
BabbelMarkus Babbel
Yellow Card33
5
SeipMarcel Seip
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
7
D. HestadDaniel Hestad
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
10
SelakovicStefan Selakovic
Substitution71
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution70
14
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
Yellow Card16
Substitution60
16
HeldtHorst Heldt
Substitution68
15
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
17
YıldırımUğur Yıldırım
Goal65
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
21
BrugginkArnold Bruggink
Substitution17
18
CacauCacau

Substitutes

2
BakkatiSaid Bakkati
Substitution60
31
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
4
BreuerMichel Breuer
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
9
HersiYoussouf Hersi
8
VranješJurica Vranješ
12
RoseYuri Rose
Substitution17
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Substitution68
19
SikoraVictor Sikora
Substitution71
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
20
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
Substitution70
26
TaberimaSven Taberima (GK)
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution87

Coach

Gertjan Verbeek (NED) Matthias Sammer (GER)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Jiri Vodicka (CZE), Vitezslav Holub (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Matějek (CZE)

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