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Niedermeier denies Steaua victory at Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.10CET
VfB Stuttgart 2-2 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Raul Rusescu thought he had given the visitors victory in their Group E opener only for Stuttgart to respond via Georg Niedermeier's late equaliser.
by Andy James
from VfB Arena

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Match statistics

StuttgartSteaua

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target12
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
8
Corners7
 
2
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 13/10/2012 12:11 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.10CET

Niedermeier denies Steaua victory at Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart 2-2 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Raul Rusescu thought he had given the visitors victory in their Group E opener only for Stuttgart to respond via Georg Niedermeier's late equaliser.

VfB Stuttgart were forced to come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw in their UEFA Europa League Group E opener against FC Steaua Bucureşti.

Vedad Ibišević's early header for the hosts was quickly cancelled out by Alexandru Chipciu as both sides gave as good as they got. Stuttgart took control after the restart but were stunned by Raul Rusescu's late penalty, only for Georg Niedermeier to restore parity and deny the Romanian side a first win in Germany in 55 years.

Winless in the Bundesliga this season and depleted by injuries, Stuttgart were given an early boost as Ibišević nodded in Tamás Hajnal's measured cross just five minutes in. However, Steaua responded almost immediately as Stefan Nikolić surged into the box, poking past VfB keeper Sven Ulreich to tee up Chipciu for an easy finish.

It was blow for blow as the visitors countered every attack. Ciprian Tătăruşanu kept out efforts from Tunay Torun and Niedermeier but would have been helpless to stop Christian Gentner's strike had it dipped under the bar. Steaua's Alexandru Bourceanu also went close with a free-kick and Łukasz Szukała's header from a corner had Ulreich scrambling.

Ibišević and Francisco Rodríguez had threatened with headers before the half was out, but it was Cacau who should have recaptured the hosts' head early in the second period, instead heading onto the bar with the goal at his mercy.

The Brazilian-born striker could barely believe his luck 15 minutes later as Gotoku Sakai pulled back following a smart interchange on the right; again, Cacau connected with the crossbar. It looked as though the German international would be made to rue those missed opportunities with ten minutes remaining as Rusescu converted a penalty, but Niedermeier's glancing header ensured Stuttgart a share of the spoils.

Last updated: 01/05/13 9.13CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

steaua

Steaua

1
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
Yellow Card80
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
2
SakaiGotoku Sakai
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
4
KvistWilliam Kvist
Yellow Card29
Substitution82
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Goal6
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
Goal85
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution46
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Goal5
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution46
14
RodríguezFrancisco Rodríguez
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
15
BokaArthur Boka
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
17
Tunay TorunTunay Torun
Substitution62
22
PîrvulescuPaul Pîrvulescu
Substitution81
18
CacauCacau
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
20
GentnerChristian Gentner (C)
77
PopaAdrian Popa
30
HajnalTamás Hajnal
Substitution82
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić

Substitutes

22
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
7
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution82
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Substitution46
13
BahMamadou Bah
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
16
TraoréIbrahima Traoré
Substitution82
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Substitution81
24
RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
26
HolzhauserRaphael Holzhauser
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution46
Goal80
31
OkazakiShinji Okazaki
Substitution62
99
Adi SobrinhoAdi Sobrinho

Coach

Bruno Labbadia (GER) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Walter Vromans (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)

Fourth official

Kristof Meers (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Luc Wouters (BEL)

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