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Solid Middlesbrough sink Stuttgart

Published: Friday 17 February 2006, 0.20CET
VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Middlesbrough FC Goals in each half from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Stuart Parnaby put the English side in control.
by Andrew Haslam

Match statistics

StuttgartMiddlesbrough

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target13
 
1
Corners4
 
1
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 17 February 2006, 0.20CET

Solid Middlesbrough sink Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Middlesbrough FC Goals in each half from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Stuart Parnaby put the English side in control.

Goals in each half from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Stuart Parnaby gave Middlesbrough FC the upper hand in their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie although Danijel Ljuboja's powerful late free-kick kept VfB Stuttgart in contention.

Hasselbaink opener
The visitors weathered an early storm at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion before taking the lead against the run of play in the 20th minute, as Hasselbaink raced through to drive the English side in front. Stuttgart fell further behind seconds after half-time as Parnaby turned in George Boateng's cross to put the English team in command, before Ljuboja revived home hopes with four minutes remaining.

Rapid start
New Stuttgart coach Armin Veh had said that his players were short of confidence, but the way his charges began the match belied their run of four matches without a win. As early as the second minute Boateng conceded possession to Ljuboja, who forced Mark Schwarzer to palm away his shot. Stuttgart continued to offer the greater threat in the opening exchanges, with Jesper Grønkjær posing a constant problem down the right while Jon Dahl Tomasson turned a shot just past the post from Ljuboja's low centre.

Opportunist strike
Ljuboja then narrowly failed to connect with Grønkjær's right-wing cross and seconds later the visitors took the lead. Fernando Meira's attempted clearance cannoned off Boateng's back and fell perfectly for Hasselbaink, who advanced to drill a left-foot shot through Timo Hildebrand's legs and into the net. As Veh had feared, the goal visibly deflated the home side, although Zvonimir Soldo did flash a volley just past Schwarzer's right-hand post.

Parnaby composure
Stuggart's plight worsened less than a minute into the second period as Boateng broke free down the right and pulled a low cross back to Parnaby who turned it past Hildebrand. Stuttgart gradually regrouped, however, and Ljuboja forced Schwarzer into action with a header before finally beating the Middlesbrough goakeeper in the 88th minute, curling his free-kick into the corner of the net - the first goal Boro have conceded in this season's competition. Both teams will have one player suspended for Thursday's return at the Riverside stadium, Emmanuel Pogatetz and Meira each collecting yellow cards tonight.

Last updated: 18/02/06 20.40CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
Substitution46
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
Goal46
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
5
RiggottChris Riggott
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution80
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
12
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
17
DorivaDoriva
22
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
24
DaviesAndrew Davies
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution66
7
BoatengGeorge Boateng
Substitution81
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo (C)
10
RochembackFábio Rochemback
10
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
19
DowningStewart Downing
Substitution73
38
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Goal86
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Goal20
Substitution85

Substitutes

23
HeinenDirk Heinen (GK)
22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
5
BabbelMarkus Babbel
20
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution85
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution66
26
BatesMatthew Bates
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
33
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
40
GentnerChristian Gentner
Substitution80
37
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution73
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
34
KennedyJason Kennedy
Substitution81
32
BeckAndreas Beck
Substitution46
29
McMahonAnthony McMahon

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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