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Solid Stuttgart leave it late

Published: Friday 21 October 2005, 0.15CET
Stade Rennais 0-2 VfB Stuttgart Late strikes from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Danijel Ljuboja gave the away team the points in France.

Match statistics

RennesStuttgart

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners8
 
8
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 21 October 2005, 0.15CET

Solid Stuttgart leave it late

Stade Rennais 0-2 VfB Stuttgart Late strikes from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Danijel Ljuboja gave the away team the points in France.

Late goals from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Danijel Ljuboja ensured VfB Stuttgart made a successful start to their UEFA Cup Group G campaign with a 2-0 win at Stade Rennais FC in France.

Late goals
Rennes paid for missing their best chances in the final ten minutes of the game with two goals in the last three minutes giving Stuttgart victory. The German side therefore eased the pressure on Giovanni Trapattoni, rewarding the Italian coach for some uncharacteristically adventurous tactics in Brittany.

Tomasson chance
The visitors held the upper hand in the first half with Tomasson spurning the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when put through by Ludovic Magnin. The Danish international's shot was too weak to cause Simon Pouplin any problems in the Rennes goal. However, Trapattoni introduced Ljuboba as a replacement for Jesper Grønkjær early in the second period and the move proved a masterstroke; Stuttgart looked a transformed side with Jeronimo Cacau twice blazing over.

Missed chances
Olivier Monterrubio had the home side's first chance of the game after 71 minutes when he connected with a well-worked free-kick, but Timo Hildebrand collected the ball at the second attempt. However, with ten minutes remaining Rennes should have gone ahead when Jimmy Briand's cross was met at the far post by John Utaka, only for the Nigerian to drag his shot wide.

Fortunate opener
At the other end, Pouplin had to be alert to palm Ljuboja's free-kick out of danger while Tomasson came close to breaking the deadlock in a goalmouth scramble before the visitors took the lead in bizarre fashion with three minutes remaining. Thomas Hitzlsperger's acrobatic effort was heading nowhere until it clipped the shin of Tomasson to spin over Pouplin and drop into the net.

Maximum points
Then, in the final minute, Erik Edman was punished for a block on Christian Tiffert, allowing Ljuboja the chance to double the lead from the penalty spot and get the visitors' campaign off to a perfect start.

Last updated: 20/10/05 22.18CET

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Lineups

rennes

Rennes

stuttgart

Stuttgart

30
PouplinSimon Pouplin (GK)
1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
4
AdailtonAdailton
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
6
BourillonGrégory Bourillon
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
Yellow Card20
5
FatyJacques Faty
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
9
EdmanErik Edman
Substitution90
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Substitution61
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
22
DidotÉtienne Didot
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
18
MonterrubioOlivier Monterrubio
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
11
HadjiYoussouf Hadji
Substitution64
22
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution51
7
UtakaJohn Utaka
10
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal87
23
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Yellow Card79
18
CacauCacau
Substitution69

Substitutes

16
NdiayeCheick Ndiaye (GK)
23
HeinenDirk Heinen (GK)
21
RochatAlain Rochat
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
28
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba
5
BabbelMarkus Babbel
29
SowMoussa Sow
14
CarevićMario Carević
Substitution69
24
N'guemaStéphane N'guema
Substitution90
33
GomezMario Gomez
19
BriandJimmy Briand
Substitution64
38
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution51
Yellow Card53
Goal90
10
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution61
40
GentnerChristian Gentner

Coach

László Bölöni (ROU) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), Andrew Halliday (ENG)

Fourth official

Philip Dowd (ENG)

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