Aug 28 2010

Slovan desperately unlucky in Stuttgart

Published by at 6:40 pm under European and tagged: , ,

A few hundred Slovan fans made the trip to Stuttgart hoping for a miracle after Slovan lost the first leg at home 0-1 in a match which was interrupted by fighting on the terraces.  Judging by the photos from Stuttgart, everybody’s stay in the stadium was more comfortable than the week before, although remarkably the attendance was only 8,000 perhaps even a few hundred less than for the match in Bratislava.  I suppose Slovak club football (or Europa League qualifying) is not overly respected in Germany.

Slovan fans in VFB Arena, Stuttgart

Remarkably Slovan took an early lead with captain Martin Dobrotka scoring after 9 minutes.  Slovan held on to their lead comfortable for the remainder of the first half and even doubled their advantage after 53′ with a goal from Jakub Sylvestr.  How the travelling fans must have been celebrating that goal.

Anyway the joy was short lived, a red card to midfielder Michal Breznanik on 55 minutes seemingly the turning point as Stuttgart fought back to score in the 56th and 64th minutes and take an aggregate lead.  Slovan threw everything at the Germans and despite the local commentator claiming “no foul”, this challenge on Filip Kiss by Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich surely should not have gone unpunished.  Slovan players were distraught after the match, blaming the defeat on themselves rather than looking for excuses.

Stuttgart create atmosphere in the VFB Arena

I just hope Slovan can bounce back in the league this weekend in an important match against 3rd place Senica.  With rumours of players wanting to leave if they didn’t make the Europa League group stages, the team really need to pull together and try to open up an advantage in the league while Zilina have the extra demands of the Champions League.  Slovan should be aiming to regain their status as Champions in 2010/11!

One final mention for a Stuttgart banner which will have struck a chord with the Slovan fans in the VFB Arena as well as fans across Europe on a busy week of European qualifying matches.

Message to UEFA's respect campaigners

Source for photos: cc97[dot]de

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