Narrow defeat for Hearts

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Resolute defending helped Heart of Midlothian to weather a storm in Stuttgart last night and earn themselves a chance of progress in the Uefa Cup.

Resolute defending helped Heart of Midlothian to weather a storm in Stuttgart last night and earn themselves a chance of progress in the Uefa Cup.

The German side VfB Stuttgart will take a one-goal lead to Tynecastle in a fortnight after the Bulgarian international Krassimir Balakov scored the only goal of the first-round first-leg game from a 20-yard free-kick in the 35th minute. However, the Edinburgh side defended heroically to prevented Stuttgart, who had beaten Bayern Munich at the weekend, adding another goal.

Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane scored the final goal as Italy's Internazionale swept past Ruch Chorzow with a 3-0 win in Poland. Germany's Werder Bremen suffered an unexpected 1-0 defeat against Antalyaspor in Turkey.

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