yardımcı hakemler: david bryan (eng), andrew halliday (eng)
4. hakem: philip dowd (eng)
rennes: simon pouplin (gk), adailton, grégory bourillon, jacques faty, erik edman (dk. 90 stéphane n'guema), stéphane mbia (dk. 61 yoann gourcuff), étienne didot, olivier monterrubio, youssouf hadji (dk. 64 jimmy briand), john utaka, alexander frei
yedekler: cheick ndiaye (gk), alain rochat, arnold mvuemba, moussa sow
teknik direktör: lászló bölöni (rou)
stuttgart: timo hildebrand (gk), matthieu delpierre, ludovic magnin, martin stranzl, fernando meira, thomas hitzlsperger, christian tiffert, zvonimir soldo, jesper grønkjær (dk. 51 danijel ljuboja), jon dahl tomasson, cacau (dk. 69 mario carević)
yedekler: dirk heinen (gk), andreas hinkel, markus babbel, mario gomez, christian gentner
solid stuttgart leave it late published: friday 21 october 2005, 0.15cet stade rennais 0-2 vfb stuttgart late strikes from jon dahl tomasson and danijel ljuboja gave the away team the points in france.
late goals from jon dahl tomasson and danijel ljuboja ensured vfb stuttgart made a successful start to their uefa cup group g campaign with a 2-0 win at stade rennais fc in france.
late goals rennes paid for missing their best chances in the final ten minutes of the game with two goals in the last three minutes giving stuttgart victory. the german side therefore eased the pressure on giovanni trapattoni, rewarding the ıtalian coach for some uncharacteristically adventurous tactics in brittany.
tomasson chance the visitors held the upper hand in the first half with tomasson spurning the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when put through by ludovic magnin. the danish international's shot was too weak to cause simon pouplin any problems in the rennes goal. however, trapattoni introduced ljuboba as a replacement for jesper grønkjær early in the second period and the move proved a masterstroke; stuttgart looked a transformed side with jeronimo cacau twice blazing over.
missed chances olivier monterrubio had the home side's first chance of the game after 71 minutes when he connected with a well-worked free-kick, but timo hildebrand collected the ball at the second attempt. however, with ten minutes remaining rennes should have gone ahead when jimmy briand's cross was met at the far post by john utaka, only for the nigerian to drag his shot wide.
fortunate opener at the other end, pouplin had to be alert to palm ljuboja's free-kick out of danger while tomasson came close to breaking the deadlock in a goalmouth scramble before the visitors took the lead in bizarre fashion with three minutes remaining. thomas hitzlsperger's acrobatic effort was heading nowhere until it clipped the shin of tomasson to spin over pouplin and drop into the net.
maximum points then, in the final minute, erik edman was punished for a block on christian tiffert, allowing ljuboja the chance to double the lead from the penalty spot and get the visitors' campaign off to a perfect start.