Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen win in Bundesliga

Nov 26, 2006 - 10:09 PM STUTTGART, Germany (Ticker) - The pressure remains firmly on Borussia Monchengladbach coach Jupp Heynckes following his side's 1-0 defeat at Stuttgart on Sunday.

A three-game home losing streak and this loss at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion means Monchengladbach continue to lie just a point above the relegation zone.

Stuttgart are now up to third, maintaining their fine start under Armin Veh.

Brazilian striker Cacau netted the only goal as the visitors slumped to their ninth defeat in 14 Bundesliga games this season.

Heynckes' men looked like a team who had garnered just one point on their travels in the early stages and it came as no surprise when Cacau netted in the sixth minute.

Roberto Hilbert's cross floated over Monchengladbach keeper Christofer Heimeroth and on to the bar with the rebound falling nicely for the South American to tap home.

Stuttgart started to play with great purpose, although they were helped by a Monchengladbach side who gave the ball away with frustrating regularity.

Heimeroth made up for his earlier error by producing a brilliant save to deny Arthur Bocka, while Cacau nearly added a second with a header which flew just wide.

Stuttgart continued their domination in the second half and only a goalline clearance from Peer Kluge prevented Serdar Tasci from making it 2-0.

Monchengladbach eventually started to assert themselves with 25 minutes to go.

Federico Insua headed Nando Rafael's corner on to the bar after 68 minutes, while Rafael shot wide when well placed seven minutes later.

Stuttgart keeper Timo Hildebrand, a spectator for much of the contest, produced a win-preserving save with eight minutes to go, tipping Insua's free-kick around the post.

In other action, Bayer Leverkusen handed under-fire coach Michael Skibbe a much-needed boost with a 3-1 victory over Energie Cottbus at the BayArena.

The home fans chanted "Skibbe out" after Thursday night's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham in the UEFA Cup, but they will have gone home happier on Sunday after a win which moved Leverkusen up to 10th in the Bundesliga.

Sergez Barbarez put the hosts in front and, even though Vlad Munteanu equalised six minutes into the second half, goals from Simon Rolfes and Andriy Voronin sealed the win.

Cottbus had the first chance of the match - Jiayi Shao's effort saved by Jorg Butt - but after that it was one-way traffic as Leverkusen poured forward.

And they got the goal their endeavour deserved after 19 minutes, Barbarez converting Voronin's pass. Munteanu dragged Cottbus level after 51 minutes when he fired home from close range, but it would prove to be a false dawn for the visitors as the hosts restored their advantage 15 minutes later.

Rolfes picked up the ball 25 yards out, and with the Cottbus defence retreating, lashed a stunning effort into the top corner.

Leverkusen were now playing with a swagger missing for much of this season and it came as no surprise when they netted a third with 10 minutes to go.

Germany international Bernd Schneider crossed from the left and Voronin slotted past Tomislav Piplica. Schneider had a goal disallowed for offside but it mattered little to Leverkusen and Skibbe.






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