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Stuttgart shatter Dinamo dreams

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.45CET
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb The Croatian side are squeezed out as Stuttgart finish Group G winners.

Match statistics

StuttgartDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.45CET

Stuttgart shatter Dinamo dreams

VfB Stuttgart 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb The Croatian side are squeezed out as Stuttgart finish Group G winners.

VfB Stuttgart edged their way to a narrow victory in the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion to ensure they finished as UEFA Cup Group G winners, while ending NK Dinamo Zagreb's qualifying hopes.

Crucial strikes
Goals from Christian Tiffert and Fernando Meira were enough to take the German team above SL Benfica into first place. Although Ivan Bošnjak had levelled the scores, SC Heerenveen's winning advantage in the group's other game meant that a draw was unlikely to be enough for Dinamo, and Fernando Meira ended their hopes with 15 minutes to go.

Three changes
Both teams made three changes from their last UEFA Cup fixtures. Stuttgart were without their captain Zvonimir Soldo with a thigh injury, but Aliaksandr Hleb and Fernando Meira were able to take their place in the lineup after doubts about their availability. The Croatian side were also without their captain Niko Kranjcar as well as fellow midfield player Jasmin Agic, through injury and suspension respectively.

Stuttgart favoured
Dinamo began aggressively but were always vulnerable to Stuttgart's counterattacks, and the first arrived on four minutes with Kevin Kuranyi sending a shot skidding just past the far upright. The same player had the ball in the Dinamo net shortly afterwards, but the whistle had blown for a foul.

Early lead
The home team had declared their intent and took a 15th-minute lead. Kuranyi fed Tiffert with a nice pass, and after bringing the ball under control the midfield player skipped around Danijel Pranjic before slipping his shot beyond Vladimir Vasilj. Kuranyi was nearly on the scoresheet himself when Cacau did well to get away from his man. From the pass Kuranyi delivered a hard shot which the goalkeeper turned away at his near post.

Unshakeable hold
Shortly after, Cacau saw a shot palmed onto the bar by Vasilj. Stuttgart had taken an unshakeable hold on the game and their defending did not allow much scope for Dinamo to threaten, but Pranjic did spy an opportunity on being played into space to the left of goal, only to drag his attempt beyond the far post.

Great run
Hleb proved a constant driving force in the Stuttgart midfield, and one thrilling run almost put his team two ahead early in the second half. After surging away from three defenders and enticing Vasilj off his line, he pulled the ball back for Cacau who shot disappointingly.

Bošnjak pounces
Dinamo rallied but were fortunate to escape when Philipp Lahm attacked with purpose. Cacau, always stretching, again sent his effort off target. Then the visitors earned a free-kick and when it was played in low, Bošnjak nipped in to equalise.

Second for Stuttgart
A second Dinamo goal would really have had Stuttgart panicking, and when Eduardo Da Silva got away down the right Pranjic could not apply a scoring finish to the cross. It was left to Stuttgart to ease their concerns through Fernando Meira. The ball came to the Portuguese player via a fortuitous diversion off Ante Tomic's boot, but the finish was clinical.

Last updated: 16/12/04 17.00CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
20
VasiljVladimir Vasilj (GK)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
5
MijatovićAndre Mijatović
5
BabbelMarkus Babbel
Substitution77
10
MujčinEdin Mujčin
Yellow Card43
Substitution71
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
Goal74
Substitution86
12
BošnjakIvan Bošnjak
Goal65
Yellow Card65
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner (C)
14
LučićMario Lučić
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
15
KarićVeldin Karić
Substitution83
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Goal14
16
PoldrugacDalibor Poldrugac
18
CacauCacau
22
TomićAnte Tomić (C)
Yellow Card60
Substitution83
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Substitution74
24
EduardoEduardo

Substitutes

31
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
TurinaIvan Turina (GK)
8
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution86
6
JešeVedran Ješe
9
StrellerMarco Streller
Substitution74
7
ŠtrokHrvoje Štrok
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
9
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
16
HeldtHorst Heldt
11
ZahoraDario Zahora
Substitution83
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
Substitution77
18
HrmanDanijel Hrman
Substitution71
33
GomezMario Gomez
25
ŠarićMiroslav Šarić
Substitution83

Coach

Matthias Sammer (GER) Ilija Loncarevic (CRO)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP), Carlos Andrés Lopez Villate (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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