Stuttgart leave it late in Belgium

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STUTTGART staged a late rally to claim a priceless Uefa Cup away win, beating Club Brugge 2-1 in Belgium.

In an uneventful first-half, the Belgium side moved ahead just before the interval when international defender Peter Van der Heyden struck on 43 minutes.

That looked to be the way it would stay, but the match turned after Brugge had Birger Maertens sent off with 18 minutes remaining.

Stuttgart made their numerical advantage pay almost immediately when Bulgarian Krasimir Balakov equalised.

Just when it seemed the Belgians had clung on for a draw, Kevin Kuranyi popped up in the very last minute to pinch a cruel late winner for Stuttgart.

Meanwhile Schalke will be confident of making further progress in the Uefa Cup after coming back to claim a 1-1 draw in Poland against Wisla Krakow.

The German outfit had to come from behind, and left it late as Emile Mpenza struck to claim the equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

Wisla took the lead in the 38th minute when Schalke midfielder Christian Poulsen headed a Miroslav Szymkowiak cross from the left into his own net.

However Belgian international Mpenza ensured that the Germans would leave with a valuable away-goal, when he took advantage of a goalkeeping error to equalise.

Wisla's French keeper, Angelo Hugues, came out of his area and attempted to clear a through-ball with his head, but missed the ball leaving Mpenza the chance to slot into an unguarded net.