Stuttgart: Ulreich - Sakai, Tasci, Rüdiger, Boka - Kvist (Harnik 55'), Gentner - Okazaki, Maxim (Hajnal 40'), Traore - Macheda (Holzhauser 90+2')
Lazio: Marchetti - Pereirinha, Radu, Ciani, Lulic - Cana, Onazi - Candreva, Hernanes (Gonzalez 71'), Ederson (Ledesma 64') - Kozak (Flocarri 83')
FULL-TIME +4 mins: That brings an end to our LIVE coverage of the last 16 first leg tie between VfB Stuttgart and S.S. Lazio in the UEFA Europa League. The Swabians will travel to Italy’s capital in a week’s time hoping to turn around a two-goal deficit, but will have to put in a stronger performance than they did tonight to do so. Stay with us on bundesliga.com for a full match report, as well as pictures from the game and further analysis...
87'Stuttgart are throwing caution to the wind in attempt to rescue something from this encounter. However, in commiting men forward the hosts are leaving themselves open against Lazio's counter-attacking style of play as Sergio Floccari stings the palms of Sven Ulreich.
83'Lazio have looked vulnerable in the air as Stuttgart once again fail to make the best use of a chance in front of goal. A well-worked set-piece routine allows Martin Harnik to head the ball back into the mix, but despite winning his aerial duel Serdar Tasci is unable to truly test Federico Marchetti in goal.
78'Stuttgart are awarded a free-kick in a promising position when Arthur Boka is brought down on the edge of the area, but Tamas Hajnal can only crash his set-piece attempt into Lazio's wall.
74'Lazio should be 3-0 in front, but after finding a pocket of space inside the area with Stuttgart's defenders at sixes and sevens, Antonio Candreva blazes over the bar with a clear sight of goal.
72' The home fans are still in good voice as chants of "Let's go Stuttgart, score a goal" ring around the Mercedes Benz Arena. Christian Gentner is urged to shoot by the Stuttgart supporters only to see his effort blocked. In truth there's been little change in terms of performance with the hosts still failing to assert themselves against Lazio's well-organised defensive unit.
68' Federico Marchetti is forced to scramble across his line to prevent Tamas Hajnal's cross-cum-shot looping into the net. The resulting corner fails to produce a chance for Stuttgart to pull a goal back.
63'Shinji Okazaki has easily been Stuttgart’s best player and goes close to scoring for the third time tonight as Christian Gentner’s raking pass finds Arthur Boka to play in him. The Japanese international takes one touch to flick it over the head of his marker, but under pressure in the box can’t turn his resulting effort on target. Signs of life perhaps from the hosts.
60'Lazio will feel they have one foot in the UEFA Europa League quarter finals if they can hold onto this result, but there are no signs they're about to rest on their laurels as Antonio Candreva drives a free-kick just past the far post.
56'GOAL!Stuttgart are once again punished for not converting their pressure into chances as Lazio extend their lead. Ogenyi Onazi picks up the ball inside his own before slicing through the hosts backline with a marauding run and neatly chipping past the onrushing Sven Ulreich to make it 2-0.
55'Stuttgart are pinning Lazio inside the own half for the most part, but are bereft of the final pass to truly unlock the Italians. Head coach Bruno Labbadia opts to make a change as a result with Martin Harnik replacing the largely ineffective
50'Federico Macheda is yet to register a shot on goal upon his first-team debut for Stuttgart. The hosts have started the brighter in the second half, but will have to turn it up a notch if they want to find a way back into this encounter.
SECOND HALF Neither side make any changes during the break as both come out for the second half.
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HALF-TIME One moment of complacency costs Stuttgart dearly as Ederson's goal remains the difference at the break in their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg against Lazio.
44' Some jostling in the box in anticipation of Tamas Hajnal's free-kick sees Michael Ciani pick up the second booking of the match, which means he will miss the reuturn leg in a weeks time.
42' Both sides squander golden opportunities in front of goal with time winding down in the second half. Ederson passes up the opportunity to bag a brace by heading into the ground and over for Lazio, while at the other end Shinji Okazaki fails to find the back of the net with a diving header for the second time tonight.
40' Looks like Stuttgart are going to be forced into an early change. Alexandru Maxim has headed into the changing rooms after coming off worse in an aerial challenege with Hernanes. The youngster appeared to be bleeding as Tamas Hajnal readies himself on the sidelines.
37' The game has fallen into a lull in terms of action during the last few minutes. Stuttgart are working hard to maintain their grip on proceedings, but despite enjoying an overwhelming amount of possession, are struggling to carve out a goalscoring opportunity. Lazio, meanwhile, seem content absorbing the pressure and seeking out their chances on the counter attack.
30' At the other end Lorik Cana comes within inches of extending Lazio's lead with a powerful header at the back post from Antonio Candreva's corner.
28'Stuttgart are attempting to utilise their pace in the final third as Alexandru Maxim jinks past three Lazio players only to pick the wrong pass at the final moment with Shinji Okazaki breaking free to his right.
21'GOAL!Stuttgart will be regretting those missed chances as Lazio open the scoring somewhat against the run of play. A moment of hesitancy inside the penalty area from William Kvist allows Ederson to hold of the Dane's challenge before finding the bottom corner of Sven Ulreich's goal with a fine finish on the turn.
18'Stuttgart are looking like the more threatening side as they twice go close to breaking the deadlock. Gotoku Sakai finds Christian Gentner with a cleverly taken throw in as Shinji Okazaki draws a spectacular save out of Federico Marchetti with a flying header from the midfielder's cross. Serdar Tasci then rises highest from the resulting corner, but can only plant his header at the feet of Lazio's keeper.
15'Lazio's 4-1-4-1 formation is giving them a platform to build from in the centre of midfield. Italy's capital city side looked incredibly assured on the ball, but have been limited to long-range efforts witjh Stuttgart holding a disciplined line at the back.
10'Stuttgart carve out the first real opening of the match after repelling a spell of Lazio pressure. Christian Gentner skips past his man on the edge of the box before teeing up Ibrahima Traore whose shot was always rising.
5'Stuttgart have controlled possession in opening five minutes, but with Lazio packing out their backline, the Swabians are being forced to try and carve out their chances down the flanks.
KICK-OFF! We’re underway at the Mercedes Benz Arena! VfB Stuttgart, still active in three competitions, will be hoping to take a step towards the UEFA Europa League quarter finals, but will have to get past an unbeaten S.S. Lazio side who have only conceded six goals in the competition this season. bundesliga.com will be talking you through the action, providing you with all the latest stats and updates.
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Kick-off - 10 mins: The starting line-ups are in! Stuttgart make three changes to the side that lost 2-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, as Shinji Okazaki, Alexandru Maxim and Federico Macheda replace Raphael Holzhauser, Martin Harnik and the suspended Vedad Ibisevic. The Bosnian could prove to be a big loss for Bruno Labbadia’s men considering he tops their scoring charts in all competitions with 19 goals in 26 appearances.
Kick-off - 20 mins:VfB Stuttgart beat KRC Genk 3-1 on aggregate in the Round of 32, while S.S. Lazio saw off Borussia Mönchengladbach by a 5-3 scoreline over two legs.
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