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Tatu steals in to earn Steaua draw with Basel

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 22.48CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 FC Basel 1893
Leandro Tatu cancelled out Marcelo Díaz's goal two minutes from time to earn the Romanian champions their first point of Group E.
by Trevor Haylett
from Arena Națională

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Match statistics

SteauaBasel

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts15
 
14
on target7
 
8
off target8
 
6
blocked2
 
5
against woodwork0
1
Corners6
 
7
Offsides6
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
17
Passes543
 
622
completed370
 
457

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:30 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 22.48CET

Tatu steals in to earn Steaua draw with Basel

FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-1 FC Basel 1893
Leandro Tatu cancelled out Marcelo Díaz's goal two minutes from time to earn the Romanian champions their first point of Group E.

FC Steaua Bucureşti rescued themselves with two minutes remaining: a first goal of this season's competition earning them a first point. It was a dramatic end, with FC Basel 1893 having a second away victory in UEFA Champions League Group E snatched from their grasp.

A touch of class from Marcelo Díaz had given the visitors the lead and with Steaua showing little idea of how to match his finishing skills it appeared likely to be enough. Then Adrian Popa swung the ball across and substitute Leandro Tatu arrived to drive it home.

Steaua coach Laurenţiu Reghecampf had demanded his side bare their teeth after resounding defeats by FC Schalke 04 and Chelsea FC and they certainly got in their opponents' faces, pressing at every opportunity and enjoying success in the tackle. They started on the front foot and generated an atmosphere of expectation inside the Arena Națională but, for all their spirit and endeavour, their failings in front of goal seemed sure to cost them dear.

The Swiss champions came alive in the tenth minute when in quick succession Marco Streller and Mohamed Salah got in behind the Steaua defence but promising positions yielded no more than a corner. Then the ball sailed over to Ivan Ivanov who must have thought he had scored as he headed the ball goalwards from close in. Somehow Steaua's Daniel Georgievski managed to divert the ball to safety; Ciprian Tătăruşanu saving Fabian Frei's attempt from the next corner with his legs.

Basel's approach play shone brightest yet it was impossible to fault Steaua's effort and desire. They looked to Nicolae Stanciu to give them a lift in the 23rd minute but his effort was wayward. Only five minutes of the first half remained when Steaua had another lucky escape. Valentin Stocker's drive caught the heel of Łukasz Szukała and flew beyond Tătăruşanu's despairing fingers only for the crossbar to intervene.

It delayed the breakthrough by a matter of minutes as Steaua were undone by a defensive error on 48 minutes. Iasmin Latovlevici fatefully chose to play the ball square and was punished as Streller seized possession and played in Díaz, who applied a superb finish into the top corner.

Latovlevici was granted the chance to make amends but opting to come inside onto his right foot he merely demonstrated with a sliced shot why he favours the other. The home crowd grew increasingly vocal in their frustration but how loud the cheers rang out when Tatu ended their search for a goal. Like Díaz, he delivered his first in the competition in some style.

Last updated: 03/12/13 20.15CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

basel

Basel

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
Yellow Card79
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
Substitution87
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Substitution59
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Substitution74
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
14
StockerValentin Stocker
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
15
VoserKay Voser
Yellow Card22
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
Yellow Card65
16
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card19
23
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution55
19
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution68
25
PiovaccariFederico Piovaccari
Substitution46
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Goal48
77
PopaAdrian Popa
22
SalahMohamed Salah

Substitutes

1
NițăFlorin Niță (GK)
18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Substitution87
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution59
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
26
SauroGastón Sauro
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution55
Goal88
30
SioGiovanni Sio
33
VarelaFernando Varela
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Substitution74
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Substitution46
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Substitution68

Coach

Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU) Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Roland Brandner (AUT)

Fourth official

Jure Praprotnik (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Slavko Vinčić (SVN), Dejan Balažić (SVN)

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