The official website for European football

Hagi eyes greater prize

Published: Thursday 30 August 2007, 14.01CET
After guiding his side to the UEFA Champions League group stage coach Gheorghe Hagi is setting FC Steaua Bucureşti's sights even higher than last year.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Bucharest

This content is streamed in such a way that it is protected and available only in a Flash format. Your device seems not to be compatible with our Flash video player.

Published: Thursday 30 August 2007, 14.01CET

Hagi eyes greater prize

After guiding his side to the UEFA Champions League group stage coach Gheorghe Hagi is setting FC Steaua Bucureşti's sights even higher than last year.

After returning his side to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, coach Gheorghe Hagi is setting FC Steaua Bucureşti's sights even higher than last year. "The next target is to qualify for the Round of 16," he said on Wednesday.

Delirium
Last season Steaua finished third in their group - an achievement which triggered a UEFA Cup run that was ended by eventual winners Sevilla FC. And there was delight in Bucharest as the Romanian outfit earned another shot at the big time after coming through a tough examination at the hands of BATE Borisov FC. After weathering early storms in both halves Dorel Zagaria and Adrian Neaga sparked the festivities by scoring the all-important goals that gave Steaua a 4-2 aggregate win.

'Happy'
BATE's Dmitri Platonov came close to scoring on three occasions only to be denied by a combination of errant finishing, good defending and alert goalkeeping but in the end Hagi's men held out and Hagi is now determined to raise the bar. "I am happy," he said. "We have achieved our goal and qualified. That is the most important thing. It's true that at times we suffered against a very good team but in the end we proved that we are much better. My players fought hard and deserved to qualify. The next target is to qualify for the Round of 16."

Worthy winners
BATE coach Ihar Kryushenko was generous in defeat, admitting that over the two legs Steaua were worthy victors. "Congratulations to Steaua," he said. "The Romanians deserved to go through. There were times in the match when we played very well, better even than our opponents. But overall Steaua deserve to qualify and I am satisfied with our performance in this match and throughout qualifying."

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.36CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=576877.html#hagi+eyes+greater+prize

UEFA.com features

See the pick of the pictures from matchday three
  • See the pick of the pictures from matchday three
  • Nemanja Maksimović: Serbia's man of many parts
  • Drogba's greatest UEFA Champions League hits
  • Ireland's semi-final adventure: behind the scenes
  • Israel travails no problem for Peretz
  • Brahimi following in Madjer's Porto footsteps
  • Trenčín winger Simon commanding attention
  • Sheridan taking the heat at APOEL
  • McGregor making his mark back at Celtic
  • Heat of the moment: Commentators' finest hours
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.