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Schalke slide after goalless draw with Steaua

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 23.02CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-0 FC Schalke 04
Schalke will host FC Basel 1893 on matchday six needing a victory to leapfrog their opponents after slipping to third in Group E with this draw.
by Trevor Haylett
from Arena Națională

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Match statistics

SteauaSchalke

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts8
 
16
on target4
 
7
off target4
 
9
blocked0
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
9
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
14
Passes631
 
603
completed458
 
443

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:32 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 23.02CET

Schalke slide after goalless draw with Steaua

FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-0 FC Schalke 04
Schalke will host FC Basel 1893 on matchday six needing a victory to leapfrog their opponents after slipping to third in Group E with this draw.

FC Schalke 04 were left frustrated after failing to break down a spirited FC Steaua Bucureşti side in UEFA Champions League Group E.

The result leaves the Bundesliga team needing to beat FC Basel 1893 – who usurped them by going second in the section with a 1-0 defeat of Chelsea FC – at home on matchday six to qualify for the last 16. For Steaua, a third draw in succession means they will finish bottom of the pile.

Shorn of first-choice goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand and leading forward Kevin-Prince Boateng through injury, not to mention flu victim Julian Draxler, Schalke might have surveyed the snowy scene inside the Arena Națională and decided the night was not for them.

Instead they relished the challenge and pushed forward with gusto, Max Meyer doing his best to lessen the impact of Draxler's absence with a number of darting runs and clever prompts. The threat was mainly down Schalke's left flank, but Jefferson Farfán was also making his presence felt on the right as he returned to this stage following injury.

So comfortable were the visitors for the first 30 minutes that Ralf Fährmann was enjoying the quietest of UEFA Champions League debuts as Hildebrand's replacement. He watched one instinctive effort from Federico Piovaccari sail over his crossbar yet was otherwise unemployed.

Then, however, following a free-kick, Florin Gardoş headed the ball back into the danger area, where Piovaccari took off for a spectacular volley which Fährmann did well to keep out. Just before that Farfán had come close to giving Schalke the lead as he met a menacing cross from Christian Fuchs with a first-time volley. If anything the connection was too good and over it went.

Steaua showed more penetration after the break and the game remained on a knife-edge. In a flurry of activity in front of Fährmann's goal, Alexandru Chipciu and Andrei Prepeliţă were unable to conjure a shooting chance with the Schalke defence at sixes and sevens. At the other end, Benedikt Höwedes threatened with a header.

It got more desperate nearer the final whistle. A victory was so important to both teams and Steaua were striving in vain not to equal the record for the longest sequence of winless matches in this competition: 22. The home crowd thought Nicolae Stanciu was about to make the decisive intervention when put clear, but Fährmann read his attempted chip.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.42CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

schalke

Schalke

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Yellow Card77
5
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Substitution77
7
MeyerMax Meyer
Substitution74
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card75
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution82
15
AogoDennis Aogo
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
25
PiovaccariFederico Piovaccari
Yellow Card86
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
Substitution46
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Yellow Card88
Substitution88
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card45+1
28
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
77
PopaAdrian Popa
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

1
NițăFlorin Niță (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
2
HooglandTim Hoogland
19
CristeaAdrian Cristea
6
KolašinacSead Kolašinac
23
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution82
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution74
33
VarelaFernando Varela
Substitution46
19
ObasiChinedu Obasi
Substitution88
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
24
AyhanKaan Ayhan
80
IancuGabriel Iancu
Substitution77
32
MatipJoel Matip

Coach

Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU) Jens Keller (GER)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)

Fourth official

Davie Goossens (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Ed Janssen (NED)

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