Vfb Stuttgart defender GEORG NIEDERMEIER (left) stretches his arm out as Young Boys Bern’s Cameroonian striker HENRI BIENVENU sticks his foot in as the ball is contested at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in southwestern Germany. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone/AP)
UEFA Europa League
3 – Vfb Stuttgart (GER) ——————- Cacau pen 23′, Gentner 59′, Tasci 90+1′
0 – SC Young Boys Bern (SWITZ)
Shaking off three consecutive defeats to start their domestic Bundesliga campaign, a resurgent VFB STUTTGART defeated visiting SC YOUNG BOYS BERN from neighboring Switzerland 3-0 to start Group H play in the UEFA Europa League.
Vfb Stuttgart, who managed just two goals in their first three league contests this season, took the lead halfway through the opening session when Germany World Cup striker CACAU scored from the penalty spot after Russia international striker PAVEL POGREBNYAK was fouled in the area.
Cacau then created the all-important second goal with an angled ball for Germany international midfielder CHRISTIAN GENTNER to blast into the roof of the net almost a quarter of an hour into the second half.
Germany World Cup reserve defender SERDAR TASCI added a goal for Vfb Stuttgart in injury time.
Switzerland international defender PHILIPP DEGEN, on loan from English Premier League club Liverpool for the season, was sick and could not play for Vfb Stuttgart in the match with Young Boys Bern, employers of Philipp’s twin brother, Switzerland international midfielder DAVID DEGEN, who was suspended for the game.
Also suspended for the match was Young Boys Bern’s Bosnia / Herzegovina international midfielder SENAD LULIC as well as Vfb Stuttgart midfielder TIMO GEBHART.
VFB STUTTGART : Ulreich – Traesch, Niedermeier, Tasci, Boka – Kuzmanovic, Gentner – Camoranesi (Marica 80′), Didavi (Molinaro 84′) – Careca (Harnik 69′), Pogrebnyak
SC YOUNG BOYS BERN : Woelfi – Nef, Affolter, Jemal, Spycher – Hochstrasser (Mayuka 62′), Doubai – Sutter (Regazzoni 62′), M. Schneuwly (C. Schneuwly 74′) – Bienvenu, Costanzo
In full view of midfielder DANIEL DIDAVI (26), Germany international midfielder CHRISTIAN GENTNER (20) of Vfb Stuttgart shoots past Young Boys Bern’s Switzerland international shot-stopper MARCO WOELFI for the home side’s all-important second goal in the 59th minute at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in southwestern Germany. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone/AP)