Sevilla 2 - Stuttgart 0
Konko, Escudé, Squillaci, Fernando Navarro; Fazio, Romaric; Jesús
Navas (Fernando 75'), Renato (Maresca 62'), Adriano; Acosta (De Mul 21').
Sevilla got off to a good start in their mini-league with a 2-0 victory over their strongest rivals, Stuttgart. With his four first choice strikers still out, Acosta repeated at centre forward, but even he pulled up with an injury midway through the first half, leaving the side without an orthodox front man.
By then though they were already two up, Romaric opening the scoring with an impressive free kick on the quarter hour mark, and Renato heading in a Konko cross a minute later, getting a boot in the face from ex Arsenal keeper Lehmann for his pains.
The German side could have scored after the break, Mario Gómez in particular failing to beat Palop a couple of times. But the local keeper held fast for his eighth clean sheet in a row, and Sevilla are on track for another good campaign in a competition they have already won twice in recent years.