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Super Mario fires Stuttgart to victory

Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.40CET
VfB Stuttgart 2-0 FK Partizan
Mario Gómez scored twice in four second-half minutes to earn the German hosts their first points in Group C and leave Partizan rooted to the bottom.
Super Mario fires Stuttgart to victory
Mario Gómez celebrates after scoring against Partizan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

StuttgartPartizan

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2008, 0.40CET

Super Mario fires Stuttgart to victory

VfB Stuttgart 2-0 FK Partizan
Mario Gómez scored twice in four second-half minutes to earn the German hosts their first points in Group C and leave Partizan rooted to the bottom.

Mario Gómez struck twice in four minutes late in the second half to earn VfB Stuttgart their first Group C points at the expense of FK Partizan.

Double salvo
Gómez fired the Bundesliga outfit in front on 77 minutes with a left-footed finish from just outside the area, and he quickly doubled the lead three minutes later to take his tally in this season's UEFA Cup to five goals. If Stuttgart's victory made amends for their 2-0 loss at Sevilla FC on Matchday 1, FK Partizan have it all to do after suffering their second reverse following a 2-1 defeat by UC Sampdoria two weeks ago.

Evasive action
The hosts started positively, with Partizan defender Srdjan Knežević being forced to clear Christian Träsch's cross-cum-shot from beneath his own crossbar. The Serbian team were grateful for another goalline intervention when Elson Falcão's free-kick was headed to safety with keeper Mladen Božović beaten. Yet the visitors settled and began to look dangerous on the counterattack, fashioning two good chances. First Miloš Bogunović drove over Jens Lehmann's crossbar, then Zoran Tošić threatened with a shot from a tight angle.

Diarra denied
Even the interval failed to take the sting out of Partizan's attacking menace, and a Ricardo Osorio error almost proved costly for the German side. Almani Moreira intercepted Osorio's pass and fed the ball to Lamine Diarra, yet Lehmann proved equal to the forward's effort. Stuttgart responded with Elson's free-kick which warmed the hands of Božović just before the hour. Set-pieces had created early openings for Gómez, and though the No33 failed to capitalise then, he made no mistake when taking advantage of a poor Knežević clearance to rifle in. The 23-year-old soon put the result beyond doubt, receiving a pass from substitute Cacau and beating Božović again.

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

partizan

Partizan

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
27
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
3
OsorioRicardo Osorio
3
StevanovićIvan Stevanović
7
LanigMartin Lanig
4
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević (C)
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution67
24
KneževićSrdja Knežević
Yellow Card72
13
PardoPável Pardo
37
ObradovićIvan Obradović
Yellow Card69
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
20
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
19
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card42
Substitution62
8
JucaJuca
Substitution83
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
10
MoreiraAlmami Moreira
25
ÉlsonÉlson
Substitution79
11
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
33
GomezMario Gomez (C)
Goal77
Goal80
26
DiarraLamine Diarra
35
TräschChristian Träsch
17
BogunovićMiloš Bogunović
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
StolzAlexander Stolz (GK)
1
D. BožovićDarko Božović (GK)
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution83
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Substitution62
6
NgambiAlexis Ngambi
15
BokaArthur Boka
Substitution79
12
PaunovićVeljko Paunović
Substitution74
18
CacauCacau
Substitution67
13
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
29
MandjeckGeorges Mandjeck
22
LjajićAdem Ljajić
88
ČadikovskiDragan Čadikovski

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Slaviša Jokanović (SRB)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Antonin Kordula (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Michal Paták (CZE)

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