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Advantage Legia following Steaua away draw

Published: Wednesday 21 August 2013, 23.26CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 Legia Warszawa
Jakub Kosecki struck what could prove a decisive away goal for the Polish side after Federico Piovaccari had put Steaua ahead.
by Stefan Lecca
from Stadionul Naţional

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Match statistics

SteauaLegia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts23
 
13
on target12
 
6
off target11
 
7
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
12
Passes584
 
452
completed426
 
279

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Published: Wednesday 21 August 2013, 23.26CET

Advantage Legia following Steaua away draw

FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 Legia Warszawa
Jakub Kosecki struck what could prove a decisive away goal for the Polish side after Federico Piovaccari had put Steaua ahead.

Jakub Kosecki cancelled out Federico Piovaccari's opening strike as Legia Warszawa left Romania with an away goal to their name from their UEFA Champions League play-off first leg against FC Steaua București.

Piovaccari delighted a packed Stadionul Naţional with a neat finish over the advancing Dušan Kuciak 11 minutes before half-time. Yet Legia, whose only previous group stage appearance was in 1995/96, gained a slight advantage going into next Tuesday's return in the Polish capital when Kosecki swept in Miroslav Radović's cross.

Urged on by a crowd of 50,655, Steaua made a determined start, with former FC Vaslui goalkeeper Kuciak quick off his line to deny Piovaccari from applying the finishing touch to Nicolae Stanciu's incisive pass.

After Cristian Tănase had forced Kuciak into action again in the 32nd minute, Piovaccari broke the deadlock from Alexandru Bourceanu's deep pass. Steaua goalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu, hitherto untested, then preserved the advantage heading into the break, making a fine save to keep out Jakub Wawrzyniak's header.

Legia had been content to sit back and strike on the counterattack but they silenced the Steaua faithful eight minutes after the restart through the unmarked Kosecki. With their tails up, the visitors went close to a swift second via a Dominik Furman effort which arrowed narrowly over the crossbar.

Steaua pushed hard in an attempt to restore their lead, with Florin Gardoş, Adrian Popa and Adrian Cristea all threatening for the 1986 European champions before full time. Having lost in the final round of qualifying to FC Barcelona in 2002/03 and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in 2006/07, Legia will hope Steaua do not complete an unwanted hat-trick for them next week.

Last updated: 05/09/13 6.16CET

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