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Ciprian Marica finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. VfB Stuttgart 5-1 Odense BK.Assist by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau.
Rasmus Falk Jensen fouled by Philipp Degen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Sorensen.
Arthur Boka takes a shot. Comfortable save by Emil Ousager.
Arthur Boka takes a shot. Save made by Emil Ousager.
Peter Utaka goes off and Rasmus Falk Jensen comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zdravko Kuzmanovic on Andreas Johansson. Zdravko Kuzmanovic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Hoegh.
Corner taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic from the left by-line, save by Emil Ousager.
Philipp Degen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Sorensen. Chris Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Philipp Degen concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sorensen. Free kick taken by Chris Sorensen.
Oliver Feldballe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kalilou Traore.
Effort on goal by Kalilou Traore from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Andreas Johansson on for Henrik Toft.
Effort from the edge of the area by Jeronimo Baretto Cacau goes wide of the left-hand post.
Arthur Boka fouled by Espen Ruud, the ref awards a free kick. Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes the free kick.
Peter Utaka scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. VfB Stuttgart 4-1 Odense BK.
Pavel Pogrebniak fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. VfB Stuttgart 4-0 Odense BK.The assist for the goal came from Arthur Boka. Jeronimo Baretto Cacau is brought on as a substitute for Pavel Pogrebniak.
Christian Gentner is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Emil Ousager.
Christian Gentner fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. VfB Stuttgart 3-0 Odense BK.
Zdravko Kuzmanovic takes the inswinging corner, Arthur Boka takes a shot. Peter Utaka gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Ciprian Marica takes a shot. Blocked by Emil Ousager.
Pavel Pogrebniak produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Christian Gentner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mamadou Bah.
Timo Gebhart goes off and Mauro German Camoranesi comes on.
Foul by Cristian Molinaro on Peter Utaka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Sorensen.
Foul by Espen Ruud on Mamadou Bah, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ermin Bicakcic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kalilou Traore by Philipp Degen. Free kick taken by Kalilou Traore.
The offside flag is raised against Hans Henrik Andreasen. Direct free kick taken by Sven Ulreich.
An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Daniel Hoegh. VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Odense BK.
Daniel Hoegh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebniak. Free kick taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Foul by Hans Henrik Andreasen on Mamadou Bah, free kick awarded. Sven Ulreich takes the direct free kick.
Timo Gebhart challenges Kalilou Traore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emil Ousager takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Espen Ruud.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Timo Gebhart by Espen Ruud.
Georg Niedermaier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henrik Toft. Hans Henrik Andreasen shoots direct from the free kick.
Foul by Arthur Boka on Eric Djemba-Djemba, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Espen Ruud.
Peter Utaka challenges Philipp Degen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sven Ulreich.
Eric Djemba-Djemba fouled by Pavel Pogrebniak, the ref awards a free kick. Anders Moller Christensen takes the free kick.
Foul by Timo Gebhart on Espen Ruud, free kick awarded. Timo Gebhart receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Helveg takes the free kick.
Kalilou Traore challenges Philipp Degen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Arthur Boka.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Utaka. Sven Ulreich takes the direct free kick.
Peter Utaka is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Sven Ulreich.
Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Sorensen goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot from outside the box by Philipp Degen misses to the left of the goal.
The official flags Arthur Boka offside. Emil Ousager takes the free kick.
Goal scored by Timo Gebhart from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Odense BK.Assist on the goal came from Cristian Molinaro.
Mamadou Bah concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Djemba-Djemba. Chris Sorensen takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Zdravko Kuzmanovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kalilou Traore on Timo Gebhart. Free kick taken by Arthur Boka.
Unfair challenge on Ermin Bicakcic by Hans Henrik Andreasen results in a free kick. Philipp Degen restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Timo Gebhart. Direct free kick taken by Emil Ousager.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ciprian Marica misses to the left of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Henrik Toft. Free kick taken by Sven Ulreich.
Henrik Toft gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristian Molinaro. Cristian Molinaro takes the direct free kick.
Cristian Molinaro fouled by Henrik Toft, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cristian Molinaro.
Kalilou Traore concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Molinaro. Direct free kick taken by Georg Niedermaier.
Corner taken by Zdravko Kuzmanovic from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Timo Gebhart on Henrik Toft. Free kick taken by Thomas Helveg.
Shot on goal by Timo Gebhart from just inside the area goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Kalilou Traore by Timo Gebhart results in a free kick. Chris Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The match has reached half-time.
The second half kicks off.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
No let-up for Germans
Stuttgart will be taking their Europa League tie with Odense seriously, despite having already secured their passage to the knockout stages as Group H winners.
The final group game is purely cosmetic to both sides since Odense can no longer join the Swabians in the last 32 - even with a win at the Mercedes-Benz Arena - but new Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia insists that does not mean his side will be treating the match as a training exercise.
Labbadia took Hamburg to the semi-finals of the competition last season while Thursday's is his first game in charge of Stuttgart since replacing Jens Keller on Monday.
And he is keen on getting off to a good start with his new club, especially in view of Saturday's final Bundesliga match of the season against Bayern Munich.
"I had the fortune last year of standing with my team in the semi-finals and I hope that we can experience that here," he said.
"When you look at the calibre of the teams who are already out of the competition, like Juventus or possibly Borussia Dortmund, then you see how much hard work has been done to get this far.
"It really is an attractive competition and it means a lot to the team.
"On Thursday, we will be happy to play. It is not an inconvenience or a strain, it is a highlight.
"Games are always special and it should be nice for all of us as we can be quite relaxed about it, and there are not going to be many occasions to be relaxed about games after this one."
Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich echoed his coach's words, saying that playing in the Europa League is "a dream".
He said: "Especially for the young players like myself, it is an honour to play in the Europa League.
"Apart from our last game, we had won every other one and we would like to win this one as well.
"It has always been a dream of mine to play in this competition."
Nevertheless, the outcome of the game is only secondary as Labbadia takes the first look at his team in view of the two games against Bayern - the first in the Bundesliga on Sunday and the second in the DFB-Pokal next weekend.
"I cannot say whether the team I put out will be the same as on Saturday or next Wednesday, but I always aim to put out my strongest team," he said.
"We are taking this game very seriously and this allows me to take a look at a few things.
"There is no pressure on us for this game so we can try and build up our self-confidence in view of Bayern."
Striker Martin Harnik will be left out while Serdar Tasci will undergo a fitness test.
Odense arrive in Germany with pride their main concern.
With only four points from their first five group games, they need to fare better than Getafe do against Young Boys to clinch third place in the group.
A 6-0 win over Aalborg in their final league match before the winter break just over 10 days ago has at least secured them second spot behind the runaway leaders FC Copenhagen in the Danish league until the league recommences in March.
Stuttgart rout Odense
Stuttgart welcomed new head coach Bruno Labbadia with a comfortable home 5-1 victory over Odense to finish off Group H of the Europa League as table toppers.
Timo Gebhart opened the scoring in the 20th minute for Stuttgart and Daniel Hoegh's own goal made it 2-0 three minutes after the break.
Christian Gentner netted in the 65th minute and Pavel Pogrebnyak gave Stuttgart a 4-0 advantage five minutes later, before Peter Utaka scored a consolation goal for Odense, who finished bottom of the group.
Ciprian Marica added a final goal for Stuttgart three minutes into stoppage time.
The hosts had the first chance of the game after 13 minutes but Marica's shot from the left hit only the side netting.
Stuttgart grabbed the lead seven minutes later as Christian Molinaro's cross from the left was headed by Pogrebnyak straight at Moller Christensen, who tried to chest the ball down but only succeeded in setting up Gebhart to poke home the loose ball.
Odense nearly equalised after 25 minutes but Chris Sorensen's shot glanced off the outside of the left post.
Stuttgart wasted a great opportunity to double the lead 12 minutes later as Marica shot over the crossbar from four yards out.
The hosts remained the dominant team and had another chance two minutes after the break but Zdravko Kuzmanovic's long free kick attempt went just wide right.
Stuttgart did finally make it 2-0 a minute later. Gebhart's cross from the left side was deflected into the Odense goal by Hoegh past keeper Emil Ousager.
Pogrebnyak hit the side netting in the 61st minute and Marica again missed a golden chance a minute later with Ousager stopping the one-on-one attack.
Stuttgart however pushed the margin to 3-0 after 65 minutes as Arthur Boka's shot was blocked by the Odense defense only to be hit home by Gentner.
And the hosts made it 4-0 five minutes later with Christensen attempting to clear Pogrebnyak's shot but the backspin on the ball brought it into the goal.
Utaka pulled a goal back two minutes later after beating a number of Stuttgart defenders before striking past keeper Sven Ulreich, but there was still time for Marica to make it five.
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