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Middlesbrough edge Stuttgart out

Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 23.54CET
Middlesbrough FC 0-1 VfB Stuttgart (agg: 2-2, Middlesbrough win on away goals) Christian Tiffert's early goal was not enough for the visitors.
by Andrew Haslam
from Riverside Stadium

Match statistics

MiddlesbroughStuttgart

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners1
 
4
Offsides7
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 23.54CET

Middlesbrough edge Stuttgart out

Middlesbrough FC 0-1 VfB Stuttgart (agg: 2-2, Middlesbrough win on away goals) Christian Tiffert's early goal was not enough for the visitors.

Middlesbrough FC held off a spirited VfB Stuttgart fightback to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup for the second successive season despite Christian Tiffert's goal on Teesside.

Away goals
The English side had laid the foundation for their victory in last week's first leg in Germany with a 2-1 victory, although that aggregate lead lasted less than 15 minutes of tonight's second leg as Tiffert rounded off an incisive Stuttgart passing move with a composed finish. Middlesbrough still held the upper hand on away goals, however, and preserved their narrow advantage until the final whistle to set up a meeting with AS Roma.

Tiffert on target
The visitors' hopes suffered a blow before kick-off as top scorer Jon Dahl Tomasson was ruled out having picked up a rib injury in training last night. Danijel Ljuboja led the Stuttgart attack and threatened twice early on before making his presence felt as a creative force in the 13th minute. The Serbo-Montenegrin's pass was taken in his stride by Tiffert, who sliced through the centre of Middlesbrough's defence before prodding a low shot beyond Mark Schwarzer.

Advantage preserved
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren had predicted that the first goal would be vital, but the German side surprisingly declined to press home their advantage and gradually dropped deeper. The home side nevertheless failed to create a clear chance in the first half but came close to an equaliser with barely 60 seconds played after the interval as Lee Cattermole's through-pass sent Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink clear, only for Timo Hildebrand to race off his line and block.

Hasselbaink chance
Thereafter the home side looked to encourage Stuttgart forward in the hope of catching the visitors on the counterattack, and the policy nearly bore fruit just past the hour as Hasselbaink's low left-wing cross was collected by Gaizka Mendieta, who evaded the attentions of Hildebrand but Markus Babbel was on hand to clear the shot off the line. Stuttgart, meanwhile, had only three long-range Ludovic Magnin free-kicks to show for their second-half efforts, and bowed out in the Round of 32 for the second year running.

Last updated: 24/02/06 11.00CET

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