Group G round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart nicked top spot in Uefa Cup Group G, while Heerenveen moved into the last 32.Stuttgart pinched top spot in Uefa Cup Group G, while Heerenveen claimed a place in the knockout phase of the competition.
German outfit Stuttgart were not guaranteed a place in the last 32 ahead of the visit of Dinamo Zagreb but a 2-1 victory over the Croatian side saw them leapfrog Benfica into pole position.
The Bundesliga side had the ball in the net on 13 minutes when Kevin Kuranyi finished off Silvio Meissner's header but the referee disallowed the goal for a foul.
Just two minutes later, Stuttgart were legitimately in front after Kuranyi played in Christian Tiffert, who finished clinically.
Stuttgart almost doubled their lead when Aleksandr Hleb teed up Cacau but his shot was pushed onto the bar by Vladimir Vasilj.
Dinamo earned themselves a lifeline on 66 minutes when Ivan Bosnjak stole in to convert a free kick.
With 15 minutes remaining, Stuttgart took top spot, and helped to dump Dinamo out of the competition, as Fernando Meira thumped home.
In the other game in the group, Heerenveen took advantage of Dinamo's defeat to take third spot following a slender success over Beveren.
The Dutch outfit grabbed the all-important goal on 26 minutes when Arnold Bruggink smashed home after Beveren keeper Mark Volders could only push a cross out to the edge of the area.
Beveren were reduced to ten men five minutes before half time when teenage defender Seki Ouattara was sent off for bringing down Klaas Jan Huntelaar on the edge of the box.
Heerenveen will now face a group winner in the next round, while Stuttgart play a third placed team in the last 32.