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Gilardino does the job for Fiorentina

Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.52CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-1 ACF Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino headed the only goal to secure third place for the Italian outfit, above their hosts, and a ticket for the UEFA Cup's Round of 32.
by Trevor Huggins
from Steaua Stadium
Gilardino does the job for Fiorentina
Fiorentina pair Adrian Mutu and Felipe Melo vie with Eugen Baciu for a high ball ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaFiorentina

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
6
Corners1
 
6
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed20
 
19
Yellow cards7
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.52CET

Gilardino does the job for Fiorentina

FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-1 ACF Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino headed the only goal to secure third place for the Italian outfit, above their hosts, and a ticket for the UEFA Cup's Round of 32.

Alberto Gilardino sealed ACF Fiorentina's place in the UEFA Cup after nodding in the only goal of a narrow 1-0 victory at FC Steaua Bucureşti on Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League.

Maiden success
With Olympique Lyonnais and FC Bayern München having already sewn up the qualifying places from Group F, Fiorentina had needed a draw in Bucharest to go through to the UEFA Cup's Round of 32. The Italy striker's 66th-minute header rubber-stamped their ticket and earned the Viola their first win of the campaign, while ending the European season of a Steaua team stuck on one point in the group.

Cautious start
Given the stakes, it was little surprise that both sides made hesitant starts, leaving a restive home crowd to provide the evening's early colour. On the pitch, the first action of note came after a quarter of an hour, when home playmaker Dayro Moreno whistled in a low free-kick which Sébastien Frey failed to hold but whose rebound eluded the Steaua players. Bănel Nicoliţă also caused trouble for the Italian club's defence with a swirling free-kick, while a subdued Fiorentina replied with a set-piece of their own which Romania striker Adrian Mutu crashed into the Steaua wall.

Mutu threatens
Mutu, who had just sent a header over the bar from Mario Alberto Santana's corner, finally got an effort on target with a 30th-minute free-kick which goalkeeper Robinson Zapata cleared with both fists. Fiorentina were gradually getting into their stride and fulfilling coach Cesare Prandelli's wish that they played to win. Mutu, booed whenever he touched the ball because of his previous spell with Steaua's city rivals FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti, was put through in the closing stages of the half for an angled shot that flew comfortably wide of the post. The attempt summed up an uneven 45 minutes in which neither team had created a clear-cut chance.

Target practice
Fiorentina looked the sharper of the sides after the restart though there were still struggling to find the finishing touch, midfielder Riccardo Montolivo pouncing on a loose ball at the edge of the area but raking his shot well wide of the target. Mutu glanced a header into Zapata's waiting arms as the momentum grew behind the Serie A outfit who, if nothing else, were doing a good job of keeping the ball in the Steaua half and away from danger.

Fiorentina breakthrough
The pressure finally told in the 66th minute when Fiorentina defender Juan Manuel Vargas curled over a corner from the left and Gilardino rose to meet it with a textbook header that sailed past Zapata and into the net off the base of the right-hand post. It was no more than the Viola deserved and forced Steaua to come out of their shell. Things, however, went from bad to worse for the hosts when defender Paweł Golański was sent off in the 72nd minute for a second bookable offence, a challenge on Vargas. The match duly fizzled out, with the home fans beginning to leave well before the final whistle. For Fiorentina, though, the job was done.

Last updated: 10/12/08 23.55CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

fiorentina

Fiorentina

1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
1
FreySébastien Frey (GK) (C)
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
Yellow Card64
Red Card72
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
Yellow Card82
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
9
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Yellow Card21
Substitution57
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
10
Dayro MorenoDayro Moreno
Yellow Card20
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
14
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Yellow Card63
Goal66
Substitution83
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card1
14
ZauriLuciano Zauri
Yellow Card15
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Substitution90+1
18
MarinPetre Marin
24
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution78
30
Tiago GomesTiago Gomes
Substitution88
88
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo

Substitutes

12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
13
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
2
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
20
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution57
Yellow Card71
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution83
23
PleşanMihăiţă Pleşan
Substitution88
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
28
StancuBogdan Stancu
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
30
Sergio AlmirónSergio Almirón
Substitution78
44
MasiFederico Masi
Substitution90+1

Coach

Dorinel Munteanu (ROU) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP), Luis Alberto Gutierrez Perez (ESP)

Fourth official

César Muñiz (ESP)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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