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Stuttgart stroll to Domzale win

Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 19.45CET
VfB Stuttgart 2-0 NK Domžale Christian Gentner's late goal sealed a comfortable first-leg victory for the struggling Bundesliga side.
by Andreas Alf

Match statistics

StuttgartDomžale

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 19.45CET

Stuttgart stroll to Domzale win

VfB Stuttgart 2-0 NK Domžale Christian Gentner's late goal sealed a comfortable first-leg victory for the struggling Bundesliga side.

A late Christian Gentner strike earned VfB Stuttgart a comfortable victory against Slovenian side NK Domžale in the UEFA Cup first-round first leg at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion.

Stubborn resistance
The home team controlled the game from the first whistle, and it was little surprise when Jon Dahl Tomasson broke the deadlock just seven minutes into his European debut for the German club. But despite their supremacy, Stuttgart did not seal the win until two minutes from time when Gentner's low drive finally ended Domžale's stubborn resistance.

Early chance
The visitors were on the back foot as early as the second minute when Dejan Djuranovic rifled a shot just over the crossbar. Having made a poor start to the Bundesliga season with no wins from four outings, Stuttgart needed a lift and duly got it when Danish forward Tomasson headed in following fine work from Swiss defender Ludovic Magnin on the left flank.

Nemec saves
The Bundesliga team looked to press home their advantage and Gentner and Jesper Gronkjær both tested Domžale goalkeeper Dejan Nemec before Fernando Meira saw his well-struck attempt acrobatically turned around the post. At the other end, Domžale were being restricted to long-range efforts, and Timo Hildebrand had little trouble blocking Zlatan Ljubijankič's optimistic 20-metre shot.

Ljuboja misses
Moments before half-time Danijel Ljuboja could, and perhaps should, have doubled the lead with a close-range header but was denied by Nemec although the goalkeeper was helpless on 54 minutes. Serbo-Montenegrin striker Ljuboja was again the threat but contrived to nod Gronkjær's testing cross wide from five metres as a nervous Stuttgart struggled to make their dominance count.

Gentner goal
With his more experienced team-mates floundering, 20-year-old Gentner displayed some much-needed incisiveness, receiving an adroit back-heel from substitute Christian Tiffert and drilling a low shot into the bottom-left corner to secure a good position ahead of the second leg in Slovenia in a fortnight.

Last updated: 16/09/05 10.37CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

domžale

Domžale

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
NemecDejan Nemec (GK)
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
5
ZavrlJanez Zavrl
Yellow Card34
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
11
JhonnesJhonnes
Substitution85
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution78
14
IličBranko Ilič
10
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal6
Substitution70
15
ŽeljkovičZoran Željkovič
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
20
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo (C)
21
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
Yellow Card53
Substitution76
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
25
DjuranovičDejan Djuranovič (C)
Substitution68
22
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution64
6
MatičDarijan Matič
38
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
7
KlineMiha Kline
40
GentnerChristian Gentner
Goal88
16
RakovičErmin Rakovič

Substitutes

41
LangerMichael Langer (GK)
22
ŠtrajnarJanez Štrajnar (GK)
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
3
JeseničnikAleš Jeseničnik
5
BabbelMarkus Babbel
10
JuninhoJuninho
Substitution68
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution78
27
LunderMarko Lunder
Substitution76
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
28
Aleš KačičnikAleš Kačičnik
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Substitution64
2
KirmAndraž Kirm
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution70
26
TopičDarko Topič
Substitution85

Coach

Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA) Slaviša Stojanovic (SVN)

Referee

Paolo Bertini (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Stefano Saglietti (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Palanca (ITA)

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