FC Steaua Bucureşti will defend a narrow advantage at Stamford Bridge in a week's time after Raul Rusescu's first-half penalty and a wholehearted performance put the 2012 UEFA Champions League winners on the back foot in Bucharest.
Rusescu drilled home a 34th-minute spot kick after he had been impeded by Ryan Bertrand while attempting a header from Iasmin Latovlevici's clever cross. The 24-year-old deserved that reward for an imposing display of muscular centre-forward prowess, his partnership with Alexandru Chipciu giving John Terry and David Luiz little respite in this round of 16 opener.
|12||Tătăruşanu (GK)||1||Čech (GK)|
|1||Stanca (GK)||22||Turnbull (GK)|
|Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)||Rafael Benítez (ESP)|
|Sergei Karasev (RUS)|