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Aug 22, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at Stadion Kantrida
RijekaHNK Rijeka
Benko (74'), Kvrzic (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ibisevic (90')

Result: Stuttgart beaten in Croatia

Stuttgart are beaten 2-1 in Croatia by Rijeka in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier.

Stuttgart have lost 2-1 to Rijeka in Croatia this evening, in the first leg of the Europa League qualifying rounds.

The German side were two down going into the final minutes, but a crucial away goal from Vedad Ibisevic increased their chances of qualifying late on.

The opening 10 minutes saw good chances for both sides. First Sven Ulreich saved well after Leon Benko had broken through for Rijeka, before, at the other end, Ivan Vargic denied Cacau.

Martin Harnik then saw his long-range effort bounce wide off the post before Christian Gentner just failed to get on the end of a low cross, as the visitors started to take control.

After half time the home side improved and they took a surprise lead with fifteen minutes to go when Benko found space in the box, and headed expertly past the goalkeeper.

Substitute Alexandru Maxim raced clean through with five minutes to go, but was denied by an acrobatic save from Vargic.

Rijeka then doubled their lead on the break as Benko found Zoran Kvrzic free, allowing the midfielder to fire past Ulreich.

In the final minute though, the Germans found a crucial away goal, with Ibisevic providing the finishing touch to a flowing team move down the right.

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