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Solid Steaua frustrate Fiorentina

Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 0.30CET
ACF Fiorentina 0-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The Viola huffed and puffed but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils with the Romanian visitors at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Group F.
by Trevor Huggins
from Stadio Artemio Franchi
Solid Steaua frustrate Fiorentina
Action from the draw in Florence ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FiorentinaSteaua

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners4
 
1
Offsides6
 
4
Fouls committed18
 
23
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 0.30CET

Solid Steaua frustrate Fiorentina

ACF Fiorentina 0-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The Viola huffed and puffed but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils with the Romanian visitors at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Group F.

ACF Fiorentina huffed and puffed but were made to settle for a 0-0 draw with FC Steaua Bucureşti at their Artemio Franchi Stadium in Group F on Tuesday. Neither side were able to produce flowing football in a game which left the hosts with two points on the board after Matchday 2, while Steaua earned their first point following an opening loss.

Mutu opening
Fiorentina, who had squandered a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw at Olympique Lyonnais on Matchday 1, made the early running and carved out a chance for Adrian Mutu after ten minutes. Mario Alberto Santana sent a superb long ball forward that split Steaua's defence but Mutu, who has been struggling with form recently, could only balloon his shot over the bar with goalkeeper Robinson Zapata at his mercy. Strike partner Alberto Gilardino fared no better soon after when his close-range effort was blocked.

Returning Rădoi
Steaua, with captain Mirel Rădoi back from injury and midfielder Bănel Nicoliţă returning from suspension, looked in only slightly better shape than the side who lost 1-0 at home to FC Bayern München two weeks ago. They were continuing to live dangerously at the back, despite Rădoi's return, and their game plan was always going to be to hit Fiorentina on the break. That threat became real when António Semedo somehow got between three Fiorentina defenders to latch on to an upfield pass and drill a low shot just wide. However, the momentum stayed largely with the hosts, despite the lack of space in a congested final third, with Mutu producing a fine swivel and shot in the 33rd minute. Semedo replied with a fierce drive into the side-netting for a Steaua side who grew in confidence as the half progressed but who failed to deliver a killer pass in the penalty area.

Frustrating night
Fiorentina kept up the pressure after the break but the Viola's passing was fairly approximate at times and there were no clear-cut chances for either Mutu or Gilardino. Felipe Melo fired a hit-and-hope effort well wide of Zapata's goal on the hour, an effort that seemed to sum up what was turning into a frustrating night for Cesare Prandelli's side. Unable to get into their rhythm, Fiorentina's main attacking threat was coming from dead-ball situations, typified by a wickedly curling free-kick sent in by Mutu in the 67th minute which flashed against the left-hand post.

Little threat
The visitors posed little threat going forward and in the closing stages were clearly looking to grind out a result, Italian style. Steaua coach Marius Lăcătuş, who played for the Viola during the 1990/91 season, was able to draw on some first-hand experience. A rare foray into the Fiorentina penalty area nearly brought his side a shock winner in the 78th minute when Semedo got in a close-range shot which goalkeeper Sébastien Frey blocked with his left boot. However, the final minutes were mainly for Fiorentina, with the home crowd firmly behind them but unable to lift Prandelli's men to what would have been a precious win before their trip to Bayern on Matchday 3, when Steaua entertain Lyon.

Last updated: 30/09/08 23.37CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

steaua

Steaua

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
2
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
3
GoianDorin Goian
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
9
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Substitution90+3
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
10
Dayro MorenoDayro Moreno
Substitution87
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution81
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
20
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Substitution46
18
MarinPetre Marin
Yellow Card28
24
SantanaMario Santana
20
LovinFlorin Lovin
30
Sergio AlmirónSergio Almirón
Substitution74
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
88
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
28
StancuBogdan Stancu
Yellow Card70
Substitution77

Substitutes

13
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
7
SzékelyJános Székely
Substitution77
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
14
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
14
ZauriLuciano Zauri
Substitution46
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution74
30
Tiago GomesTiago Gomes
Substitution87
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution81
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Substitution90+3

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Marius Lacatus (ROU)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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