Arena Națională - Bucharest 19/08/2014 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Play-offs, First leg

Steaua - Ludogorets
1-0

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Chipciu gives Steaua edge against Ludogorets

Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 22.45CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Alexandru Chipciu missed a penalty before scoring the winner for the hosts, who take a one-goal lead to Bulgaria in a week's time.
by Andrei Mazurchievici
from Arena Națională
Chipciu gives Steaua edge against Ludogorets
Łukasz Szukała and Alexandru Chipciu celebrate at full time ©Cosmin Iftode
 

Match statistics

Steaua
Ludogorets

1

Goals scored

0

53

Possession (%)

47

13

Total attempts

8

6

on target

1

6

off target

4

1

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

1

7

Corners

8

3

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

18

490

Passes

429

377

completed

320

Lineups

steaua

Steaua

ludogorets

Ludogorets

24Arlauskis (GK)21Stoyanov (GK)
2Râpă7M. Aleksandrov
4Szukała18Dyakov (C)
7Chipciu
Penalty34
Yellow Card35
Goal88
23Zlatinski
Substitution46
11Prepeliţă (C)25Y. Minev
12Stanciu
Substitution57
27Moţi
14Latovlevici55Terziev
18Sânmărtean
Substitution90+2
80Júnior Caiçara
Yellow Card27
21Breeveld84Marcelinho
Substitution85
33Varela93Misidjan
77Popa
Substitution83
99Hamza
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

95Cojocaru (GK)91Čvorović (GK)
8Filip
Substitution90+2
8Fábio Espinho
Substitution46
9Iancu
Substitution83
9Bezjak
13Tosca12Anicet Abel
Substitution85
22Pîrvulescu15A. Aleksandrov
28Keșerü
Substitution57
17Dani Abalo
97Vâlceanu20Choco

Coaches

Constantin Gâlcă (ROU) Georgi Dermendzhiev (BUL)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 22.45CET

Chipciu gives Steaua edge against Ludogorets

FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Alexandru Chipciu missed a penalty before scoring the winner for the hosts, who take a one-goal lead to Bulgaria in a week's time.

Alexandru Chipciu redeemed himself after missing a first-half penalty, scoring the only goal of the game with two minutes remaining to give FC Steaua Bucureşti a narrow lead after the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

• Stoyanov denies Chipciu from the spot in 34th minute
• No7 scores winner two minutes from time
• Match winner misses second leg through suspension
• Romanian champions unbeaten against Bulgarian sides
• Return leg in Sofia on 27 August

In a busy opening the first chance fell to Chipciu in the fourth minute as the forward blasted a shot just over the crossbar. The hosts were well on top but found it hard work breaking down the visiting back line until the 33rd minute, when midfielder Lucian Sânmărtean showed excellent control to round three men and enter the penalty area only to be fouled by Yordan Minev. Chipciu stepped up confidently to take the resulting spot kick but Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov produced a fine save to keep the score level.

Perhaps frustrated following his miss, the No7 picked up a yellow card minutes later which rules him out of the second leg. Desperate to redeem himself, Chipciu almost broke the deadlock moments before the half-time whistle, again denied by Stoyanov after an excellent ball from Sânmărtean.

Showing more attacking intent after the interval, Ludogorets began to threaten; Mihail Aleksandrov's volley from the left of the box was smartly kept out by Giedrius Arlauskis, Younes Hamza's goalbound shot was well blocked by Łukasz Szukała and Marcelinho sent a header over the home bar. The visitors were made to pay for those misses in the 88th minute as Sânmărtean's cross was knocked down by Szukała and Chipciu latched onto the loose ball to smash in from seven metres.

Last updated: 21/08/14 0.02CET

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