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Šenkeřík sends Slavia into UEFA Cup

Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.20CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 SK Slavia Praha Zdeněk Šenkeřík's late header ensured the Czech side finished third in Group H to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Šenkeřík sends Slavia into UEFA Cup
Valentin Badea is congratulated by his team-mates after putting Steaua ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaSlavia Praha

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners4
 
0
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
24
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.20CET

Šenkeřík sends Slavia into UEFA Cup

FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 SK Slavia Praha Zdeněk Šenkeřík's late header ensured the Czech side finished third in Group H to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

SK Slavia Praha's hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage were extinguished but their point at FC Steaua Bucureşti, salvaged by Zdeněk Šenkeřík's late header, at least confirmed their UEFA Cup berth.

Anniversary celebration
On the day that Steaua celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first match in European club competition, Valentin Badea's early goal, their first in front of their own supporters in Group H, looked to have given them their first win in the section. Šenkeřík's intervention, though, kept their Czech opponents four points ahead of them in the battle for third spot and denied Steaua their first home win in Europe's premier club compeition for eleven years. As it transpired, even a win would not have reprieved Slavia's dreams of reaching the last 16 as Sevilla FC's success at home to Arsenal FC ensured both those sides would progress.

Opening goal
Marius Lăcătuş's side nearly made the perfect start when Nicolae Dică drilled in a low shot from 20 metres but Adrian Neaga's follow-up was ruled out for offside after Martin Vaniak had parried the first effort. They did not have long to wait to take the lead. Badea was put through the middle by Dică's lobbed pass and, as David Hubáček and Marek Suchý descended upon him, he scrambled the ball past the Slavia goalkeeper. The goal prompted the visitors into a response and Ladislav Volešák called Robinson Zapata into action with a free-kick from distance.

Goalscorer denied
Steaua continued to be the dominant force though and nearly extended their lead when Marius Croitoru cut the ball back for Neaga, only for the striker to poke wide from ten metres under pressure from Suchý. The second goal looked a certainty when Dică provided another perfect ball into the box but Badea shot straight at Vaniak from six metres with the goalkeeper somehow deflecting the ball over the crossbar. Aside from the lack of another goal, the only downside to the first-half display for the home side was the yellow card awarded to Croitoru for his foul on Daniel Pudil which meant he would miss their final group match against Arsenal.

Late leveller
The second half was a much more even affair with neither side able to assume the upper hand, while Vaniak and Zapata did not have any saves of note to make until the final 15 minutes, more to the consternation of Karel Jarolím than his opposite number. It was Vaniak who eventually showed his agility first when he surged off his line to clear before sprinting back to make a fine stop from Croitoru's follow-up. The save proved important as Šenkeřík, who had scored in Slavia's 2-1 win in the first game between the sides, levelled with 12 minutes left when he powerfully headed in a cross from Mickaël Tavares.

Last updated: 28/11/07 0.53CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
3
GoianDorin Goian
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
5
RadaIonuţ Rada
3
BrabecErich Brabec (C)
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
Yellow Card52
9
BadeaValentin Badea
Goal12
Substitution89
5
ŠvecMichal Švec
Substitution29
10
DicăNicolae Dică (C)
10
GauchoGaucho
Substitution77
13
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Goal78
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
16
PudilDaniel Pudil
20
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution65
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Yellow Card71
26
CroitoruMarius Croitoru
Yellow Card44
Substitution76
23
VolešákLadislav Volešák
Substitution61

Substitutes

12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
1
VorelMichal Vorel (GK)
7
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution65
13
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
Substitution61
Yellow Card73
14
CristoceaVasilica Cristocea
Substitution89
20
IvanaMilan Ivana
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution29
18
MarinPetre Marin
24
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution77
30
ZahariaDorel Zaharia
84
SurduRomeo Surdu
Substitution76

Coach

Marius Lacatus (ROU) Karel Jarolím (CZE)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Francis Crelo (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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