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Steaua find their spark

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 23.37CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 4-1 Shelbourne FC (agg: 4-1) Steaua stroll through despite ending with nine men.

Match statistics

SteauaShelbourne

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards2
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 23.37CET

Steaua find their spark

FC Steaua Bucuresti 4-1 Shelbourne FC (agg: 4-1) Steaua stroll through despite ending with nine men.

By Paul-Daniel Zaharia

FC Steaua Bucuresti produced a determined performance to deny Shelbourne FC a second successive appearance in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Rosenborg tie
After a goalless first leg in Dublin, Shelbourne had hopes of matching the run of 2004/05 that ended with a creditable performance against RC Deportivo La Coruña. But Steaua, the 1986 European champions, made the most of their chances to earn a tie with Rosenborg BK.

Duo dismissed
The game began in turbulent fashion, and referee Claude Colombo was forced to take action in the fifth minute when he ruled that Nicolae Dica of Steaua and Shelbourne's Dave Rogers had both thrown punches, and sent the pair off. But after this early skirmish, matters calmed down.

Opening goal
On 13 minutes Jason Byrne headed a corner on target, but Steaua goalkeeper Vasili Khomutovski produced an acrobatic save to turn the effort on to the post, and the home defence cleared. Five minutes later Steaua opened the scoring, Florin Lovin finding Banel Nicolita with a superb long pass and the 20-year-old midfielder chipping Dean Delaney.

Lead doubles
Now Steaua were dominant, and nine minutes later - having created several other chances - doubled the lead. Mihai Nesu's low cross caught out Dave Crawley, who diverted the ball to Constantin Iacob. The Steaua player gratefully tapped into an open goal.

Brief hope
In the 38th minute Shelbourne gave themselves hope when Byrne did score with a header, after another corner. The away team rallied, but not long after the hour Delaney misjudged a long ball and substitute Laurentiu Dinita made it 3-1.

Fourth goal
The fate of the match was now all but decided, especially after Glen Crowe was unable to profit from a 74th-minute Khomutovski slip. And although Dinita received a second yellow card in injury time - his first for removing his shirt after scoring - there was still time for the nine men to win a penalty, and another substitute, Daniel Oprita, converted.

Last updated: 04/08/05 15.35CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

shelbourne

Shelbourne

33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
20
DelaneyDean Delaney (GK)
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
2
O. HearyOwen Heary (C)
10
DicăNicolae Dică
Red Card5
3
CrawleyDavid Crawley
Substitution77
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution75
4
RogersDave Rogers
Red Card5
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
5
HarrisJamie Harris
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Goal18
Substitution89
7
CahillOllie Cahill
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
8
ByrneStuart Byrne
19
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Goal27
Substitution46
15
MooreAlan Moore
Yellow Card8
Substitution65
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
14
Richard BakerRichard Baker
Substitution80
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
9
CroweGlen Crowe
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
10
J. ByrneJason Byrne
Goal38

Substitutes

31
TomaMarius Toma (GK)
1
WilliamsSteven Williams (GK)
3
GoianDorin Goian
17
RyanBobby Ryan
5
BalanDaniel Balan
18
NdoJoseph Ndo
Substitution80
Yellow Card86
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution75
Goal90+4
12
FitzpatrickGlenn Fitzpatrick
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
11
HoolahanWesley Hoolahan
Substitution65
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution89
21
O'NeillGary O'Neill
27
DinitaLaurentiu Dinita
Substitution46
Goal61
Red/Yellow Card89
16
FlemingCurtis Fleming
Substitution77

Coach

Oleg Protasov (UKR) Pat Fenlon (IRL)

Referee

Claude Colombo (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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