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Steaua breeze past Vardar to start in style

Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013, 22.30CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-0 FK Vardar
Romania's title holders made light work of their counterparts from the Former Yugoslav Repubic of Macedonia, scoring three first-half goals.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Bucharest
Steaua breeze past Vardar to start in style
Steaua's Adrian Popa kept Vardar keeper Igor Pavlović busy all night in Bucharest ©Niculae Profir

Match statistics

SteauaVardar

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts28
 
2
on target11
 
0
off target14
 
2
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners13
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
9
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013, 22.30CET

Steaua breeze past Vardar to start in style

FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-0 FK Vardar
Romania's title holders made light work of their counterparts from the Former Yugoslav Repubic of Macedonia, scoring three first-half goals.

FC Steaua Bucureşti kicked off their UEFA Champions League qualification attempt with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over FK Vardar in this second qualifying round first leg.

First-half goals from Cristian Tănase and Mihai Doru Pintilii, plus an Igor Pavlović own goal on the stroke of half-time, ensured that Steaua, the 1986 European champions, claimed a 100th win from their 265th match in the UEFA club competitions. Vardar have a mountain to climb in Skopje next Tuesday.

This was a game that Laurenţiu Reghecampf's men dominated from the start, and the visitors from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were forced into some desperate defending as early as the fifth minute when Stefan Nikolić had a shot blocked on the line. After the latter player had been denied again, by goalkeeper Pavlović, Tănase broke the deadlock in the 12th minute – firing home after Adrian Popa had hit the post.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0 as Pintilii buried Alexandru Bourceanu's corner with a diving header. Vardar's situation got even more desperate two minutes into first-half stoppage time when another Popa effort struck the upright, rebounded off the back of the helpless Pavlović and rolled into the net.

The goalkeeper gained a modicum of revenge with a fantastic second-half save from the same player, which he then followed with a superb stop from Gabriel Iancu. Federico Piovaccari's miss from close range also enabled Blagoja Milevski's team to keep the scoreline at 3-0.

Last updated: 17/07/13 0.18CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

vardar

Vardar

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
PavlovićIgor Pavlović (GK)
Goal45+2
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
4
BojovicRadenko Bojovic (C)
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Goal21
5
TanevskiZlatko Tanevski
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
Goal12
Yellow Card28
Substitution68
6
PetrovićAleksandar Petrović
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
13
PetrovFilip Petrov
Substitution90+1
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
17
StojkovAco Stojkov
Substitution79
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
18
ReljićStevan Reljić
23
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution57
20
GiménezJorge Giménez
Substitution54
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
23
KostovskiJovan Kostovski
77
PopaAdrian Popa
24
TemelkovAleksandar Temelkov
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution60
26
CikarskiMite Cikarski

Substitutes

95
CojocaruValentin Cojocaru (GK)
12
ZahovKostadin Zahov (GK)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
3
DimitrovskiVladimir Dimitrovski
Substitution90+1
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
7
ManevskiBorce Manevski
Substitution54
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution68
8
SimjanoskiZarko Simjanoski
22
PîrvulescuPaul Pîrvulescu
10
GeorgievDragan Georgiev
Substitution79
25
PiovaccariFederico Piovaccari
Substitution60
Yellow Card90
21
AcevskiAndrej Acevski
80
IancuGabriel Iancu
Substitution57
29
LazarevskiDimitrija Lazarevski

Coach

Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU) Blagoja Milevski (MKD)

Referee

Radek Příhoda (CZE)

Assistant referees

Patrik Filipek (CZE), Petr Blažej (CZE)

Fourth official

Jiří Jech (CZE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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