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Fenerbahçe leave it late to vanquish Vaslui

Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 23.12CET
SC Vaslui 1-4 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 2-5)
Given a stern examination throughout the tie, Aykut Kocaman's side qualified thanks in part to a pair of second-half goals from Dirk Kuyt.
by Paul Zaharia
from Stadionul Ceahlăul
Fenerbahçe leave it late to vanquish Vaslui
Volkan Demirel's penalty save proved decisive ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VasluiFenerbahçe

Goals scored1
 
4
on target5
 
5
off target4
 
7
Corners4
 
3
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed17
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 23.12CET

Fenerbahçe leave it late to vanquish Vaslui

SC Vaslui 1-4 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 2-5)
Given a stern examination throughout the tie, Aykut Kocaman's side qualified thanks in part to a pair of second-half goals from Dirk Kuyt.

Summer signing Dirk Kuyt scored twice in five second-half minutes to ensure Fenerbahçe SK ended SC Vaslui's resistance and secured a place in the UEFA Champions League play-off round.

Marius Șumudică's side may have been grounded in cautious reality pre-match, but they dared to dream when Marius Niculae cancelled out Caner Erkin's 12th-minute opener. A penalty failure from Ousmane N'Doye dented their belief, however, and, with extra time looming, Fenerbahçe's counterattacking brilliance prevailed. Kuyt scored twice, before Moussa Sow wrapped up proceedings two minutes into added time.

The home side started nervously and retreated into their shell. Fenerbahçe took advantage and swamped their opponents until the pressure told, Caner heading Gökhan Gönül's neat centre past Dănuţ Coman. Vaslui fashioned an equaliser two minutes later, though, Niculae converting Lucian Sânmărtean's cross from close range.

A familiar pattern emerged as both sides traded blows, although it was the hosts who were landing marginally more of them. Nicolae Stanciu threatened, but Volkan Demirel was equal to his thunderous drive, before Mehmet Topuz's inadvertent handball led to a Vaslui penalty. Captain N'Doye froze from the spot, however, and Volkan saved comfortably.

With the hosts' confidence in tatters, Fenerbahçe turned the screw. Kuyt wasted no time in adding to their woes, unleashing an unstoppable strike from 15 metres. There was now seemingly no way back for Vaslui and the Dutch international doubled his tally on 75 minutes, following up Alex's free-kick with a calm finish.

Vaslui, who had never lost on home soil in European competition, were humbled by a fourth Fenerbahçe goal in added time when substitute Sow's blistering effort found the top corner.

Last updated: 09/08/12 0.45CET

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Lineups

vaslui

Vaslui

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

1
ComanDănuţ Coman (GK)
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
3
Varela             Fernando Varela
2
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
8
AntalLiviu Antal
Substitution83
3
Hasan Ali KaldırımHasan Ali Kaldırım
Yellow Card58
10
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
16
CauêCauê
Substitution74
10
AlexAlex (C)
Substitution81
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal71
Goal76
Substitution86
20
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card76
16
CristianCristian
23
SălăgeanuAdrian Sălăgeanu
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
29
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
Goal14
38
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz
33
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
78
N'DoyeOusmane N'Doye (C)
Yellow Card40
Penalty54
Substitution79
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Goal12
Yellow Card42
Substitution61

Substitutes

89
StratonCatalin Straton (GK)
34
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
5
CelebanPiotr Celeban
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Substitution81
9
SburleaSabrin Sburlea
Substitution74
7
SowMoussa Sow
Substitution86
Goal90+2
11
ZsigaErvin Zsiga
Substitution83
9
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution61
Yellow Card73
30
CostinRaul Costin
Substitution79
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
67
CordosAndrei Cordos
53
Serdar KesimalSerdar Kesimal
88
BuhăescuVasile Buhăescu
67
Orhan ŞamOrhan Şam

Coach

Marius Șumudică (ROU) Aykut Kocaman (TUR)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)

Fourth official

Vitali Meshkov (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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