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Steaua up and running with win at Strømsgodset

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2014, 21.30CET
Strømsgodset IF 0-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Gabriel Iancu's lob on 49 minutes was enough for a Steaua side on the back foot for much of the first half.
by John Atkin
from Marienlyst Stadion
Steaua up and running with win at Strømsgodset
Gabriel Iancu scores the only goal ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

StrømsgodsetSteaua

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts9
 
12
on target3
 
4
off target5
 
6
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
21
Fouls suffered21
 
19

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 July 2014, 21.30CET

Steaua up and running with win at Strømsgodset

Strømsgodset IF 0-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Gabriel Iancu's lob on 49 minutes was enough for a Steaua side on the back foot for much of the first half.

FC Steaua Bucureşti shook off some early-season lethargy with a narrow win at Strømsgodset IF as they began their bid to emulate last term's run from the second qualifying round to the UEFA Champions League group stage.

With the Romanian title holders on the back foot for much of the first half in Drammen, Gabriel Iancu broke the deadlock with a fine lob just after the restart. Øyvind Storflor went close late on but there was no way back for a tiring Strømsgodset side who introduced 15-year-old Martin Ødegaard late on. They have it all to do in Bucharest next Tuesday.

While this was Steaua's second competitive game of the campaign, Norwegian champions Strømsgodset are halfway through their league defence. At home they have been almost untouchable, winning eight and drawing one in all competitions, and they provided some evidence in a vibrant first-half performance.

Francisco Júnior typified the hunger. He collected balls in front of the back line, sprayed passes and stealthy dispossessed any Steaua players with the temerity to approach the final third. The visiting side dropped deeper and deeper, the movement of Storflor, Iver Fossum and Flamur Kastrati adding a further headache.

Storflor was involved in two excellent chances before half-time. First, on the left, he teed up Marvin Ogunjimi for a cleanly hit effort tipped over by Giedrius Arlauskis. Five minutes later he popped up on the right to meet Kastrati's cross but could not keep his header down. There was not much for the 200 or so Steaua fans to shout about but, at 0-0, shout they did.

Four minutes after half-time they really made a noise as Iancu lifted the ball over goalkeeper Adam Larsen. Suddenly it was Steaua who had a spring in their step, and Alexandru Chipciu and Robert Vâlceanu both squandered one-on-one situations. Strømsgodset are down but not out.

Last updated: 31/05/15 3.22CET

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Lineups

strømsgodset

Strømsgodset

steaua

Steaua

12
KwaraseyAdam Larsen (GK) (C)
24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
2
HamoudMounir Hamoud
2
RâpăCornel Râpă
Yellow Card64
8
Francisco JúniorFrancisco Júnior
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
9
StorflorØyvind Storflor
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Yellow Card15
14
FossumIver Fossum
9
IancuGabriel Iancu
Goal49
Substitution75
15
KastratiFlamur Kastrati
Substitution69
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase (C)
Yellow Card90+2
20
AbuMohammed Abu
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
26
L. VilsvikLars-Christopher Vilsvik
Substitution85
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
27
StorbækJarl André Storbæk
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
Substitution90
28
HøibråtenMarius Høibråten
22
PârvulescuPaul Pârvulescu
Substitution58
75
OgunjimiMarvin Ogunjimi
Substitution61
33
VarelaFernando Varela

Substitutes

13
GundersenAnders Gundersen (GK)
95
CojocaruValentin Cojocaru (GK)
10
KovácsPéter Kovács
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution75
16
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
Substitution85
12
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution58
19
WikheimGustav Wikheim
Substitution69
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
22
BoatengBismark Boateng
27
GrădinaruToni Grădinaru
23
SørumThomas Sørum
Substitution61
28
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
25
NguenTokmac Nguen
97
VâlceanuRobert Vâlceanu
Substitution90

Coach

David Nielsen (DEN) Constantin Gâlcă (ROU)

Referee

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Assistant referees

Davie Goossens (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Fourth official

Jeroen Manschot (NED)

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