SK Slovan Bratislava’s Togolese midfielder KARIM GUEDE goes airborne as Germany World Cup striker CACAU (18) of Vfb Stuttgart stays focused on the football at the Stadion Pasienky in the capital city of Slovakia. (Petr David Josek/AP)
UEFA Europa League
Playoff round, first leg
0 – SK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
1 – Vfb Stuttgart (GER) ————— Harnik 88′
Austria international striker MARTIN HARNIK headed the winner just ahead of the regulation ninety minutes as VFB STUTTGART grabbed a late result opposite SK SLOVAN BRATISLAVA in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoffs.
The game was interrupted shortly before halftime by hooligan antics of Slovakian fans and the game had to be halted by French referee TONY CHAPRON for five or so minutes before the situation was brought under control.
The 23-year-old Hanrik, the off-season acquisition by Vfb Stuttgart from Werder Bremen who spent last season on loan in the 2.Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf, headed into an empty net after Slovan Bratislava goalkeeper MATUS PUTNOCKY completely misjudged the cross of French winger JOHAN AUDEL, the recent purchase from Ligue One side Valenciennes FC.
SK SLOVAN BRATISLAVA : Putnocky – Janosik, Salata, Dobrotka, Had – Guede, Bagayoko, Grendel (Kuzma 82′), Kiss – Ivana (Breznanik 61′) – Sylvestr (Slovak 67′)
VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Degen, Bouhlarouz, Niedermeier, Molinaro – Gentner, Kuzmanovic – Traesch (Audel 35′), Gebhart – Cacau (Marica 85′), Pogrebnyak (Harnik 67′)