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Stuttgart thwarted by Rangers recovery

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.25CET
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Rangers FC
A moment of inspiration from Madjid Bougherra earned Rangers reward for an improved second-half showing to disappoint VfB.
by Andy James
from VfB Arena

Match statistics

StuttgartRangers

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts19
 
8
on target6
 
4
off target9
 
4
st_blocked4
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
15
Fouls suffered14
 
8
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

SSI Err
 
Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.25CET

Stuttgart thwarted by Rangers recovery

VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Rangers FC
A moment of inspiration from Madjid Bougherra earned Rangers reward for an improved second-half showing to disappoint VfB.

A moment of inspiration from Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra left VfB Stuttgart disappointed as Rangers FC fought back to earn a share of the UEFA Champions League spoils.

Emphatic equaliser
The hosts dominated the first half, deservedly took the lead through former FC Zenit St. Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and looked to be cruising as the teams went in at the break. But a positive response from Rangers changed the complexion of the Group G opener, and after two warnings Bougherra restored parity 13 minutes from time when he advanced, played a clever one-two with Jérôme Rothen and slammed the ball past Jens Lehmann. A disappointing night almost became much worse for Stuttgart in stoppage time when Steven Davis's low drive clipped the outside of the post.

Early chance
That would have been harsh on Stuttgart, who had showed more purpose from the off and nearly stunned the noisy travelling Rangers support within two minutes. Cacau arrived unmarked in the box to apply a left-foot strike to a Roberto Hilbert cross that was well saved by Allan McGregor. Thomas Hitzlsperger was unable to keep his acrobatic effort down from the rebound. It was a sign of things to come for Scotland's champions as they struggled to get out of their own half, Markus Babbel's team's slick passing leaving them chasing shadows.

Pogrebnyak opener
The Bundesliga side's early dominance paid dividends on 18 minutes when the industrious Cacau blocked Saša Papac's attempted clearance before powering into the box and unselfishly laying the ball across to Pogrebnyak who made no mistake. The Russian international finished low past the helpless McGregor from ten metres. Stuttgart continued to pile on the pressure, and even when Rangers finally began to produce some attacking impetus towards the end of the first period, they struggled with their final ball.

Rangers reinvigorated
Walter Smith's men started the second half with much more hunger and drive, almost snatching an equaliser within two minutes of the restart. Rothen found enough space on the right to deliver a dangerous cross which Papac, getting the wrong side of Christian Träsch after surging forward from left-back, got to first but his diving header flew well wide of Lehmann's left-hand post. It was a stark warning for the German outfit but they did little to heed it, failing to turn their midfield supremacy into meaningful goalscoring opportunities.

Further warning
Rangers threatened again when new signing Rothen struck the upright with a miscued right-wing cross just after the hour; Stuttgart would not earn a third reprieve, from Bougherra. Rangers continued to press and twice went close late on. Steven Naismith dispossessed Arthur Boka in his own area only for Lehmann to smother the ball before he could release his shot. Davis then shaved a post with a driven left-foot strike, yet Stuttgart held on for the point and now turn their attentions to Romania's FC Unirea Urziceni in two weeks' time, when Rangers face a stiff test at home to Sevilla FC.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.21CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

rangers

Rangers

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
4
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes (C)
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger (C)
5
PapacSaša Papac
Yellow Card71
15
BokaArthur Boka
6
McCullochLee McCulloch
17
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
7
DavisSteven Davis
18
CacauCacau
Substitution88
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
19
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
11
RothenJérôme Rothen
23
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution67
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
28
KhediraSami Khedira
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
29
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Goal18
18
MillerKenny Miller
Substitution90+3
35
TräschChristian Träsch
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
Goal77

Substitutes

24
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
4
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
9
BoydKris Boyd
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution90+3
13
GebhartTimo Gebhart
Substitution67
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
27
CelozziStefano Celozzi
26
SmithSteven Smith
32
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
29
FleckJohn Fleck
39
SchieberJulian Schieber
Substitution88
48
LittleAndrew Little

Coach

Markus Babbel (GER) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Manuel Navarro (SUI)

Fourth official

Stephan Studer (SUI)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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