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Oprica strike rescues Steaua

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.02CET
FC Neman Grodno 1-1 FC Steaua Bucuresti Daniel Oprica's goal gives former European champions parity.

Match statistics

NemanSteaua

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.02CET

Oprica strike rescues Steaua

FC Neman Grodno 1-1 FC Steaua Bucuresti Daniel Oprica's goal gives former European champions parity.

A last-gasp strike from Daniel Oprica handed FC Steaua Bucuresti a lifeline in their clash with Belarussian side FC Neman Grodno.

Four players missing
Dzmitry Dolia had given Neman a deserved lead with his 70th-minute effort but Oprica saved the day for the injury-hit Romanians, who were without four key players in Martin Tudor, Tiberiu Lang, Adrian Nega and Daniel Balan.

Early chance for Neman
Claudiu Raduceanu missed a couple of half-chances for the visitors who packed the midfield, denying Neman space for their intricate passing game. However, the hosts went close to a goal after 43 minutes when Eduard Boltrushevich's low free-kick flew inches wide of the post.

Dolia strikes
Neman eventually took the lead on 70 minutes through substitute Dolia. The forward finished from close range after collecting the ball from Dzmitry Gintau. Steaua looked stunned and did not look like scoring until the final few seconds when Oprica headed home a Florentin Dumitru free-kick.

Picurke relieved
After the game Steaua manager Victor Picurke confessed his side were lucky to escape with a draw. "We played badly," said Picurke. "We could not concentrate and failed to defend well. However, we scored a goal and that leaves us in a position to go through."

'Should have won'
His opposite number, Sergei Solodovnikov, was disappointed with the result. "We had four great chances but converted only one," he said. "That is why we only drew tonight when we should have won."

Last updated: 01/02/12 8.47CET

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Lineups

neman

Neman

steaua

Steaua

1
SulimaAleksandr Sulima (GK)
23
NaeEugen Nae (GK)
3
KryvanosArtur Kryvanos
2
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
4
KavalevichIhar Kavalevich (C)
Yellow Card83
3
RachitaValeriu Rachita
5
BoltrushevichEduard Boltrushevich
4
CurtTiberiu Curt
Substitution74
6
LoukachovIouri Loukachov
5
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution78
7
NadievskiVitali Nadievski
Yellow Card90+2
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
8
BoriseikoDmitri Boriseiko
Substitution54
10
AliuţăMarian Aliuţă
Substitution80
18
GintovDmitri Gintov
Substitution67
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
12
RadzkouDzimitry Radzkou
14
RaducanuClaudiu Raducanu
10
KavalionakDzmitry Kavalionak
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
Yellow Card66
11
ViarstakDzmitry Viarstak
Substitution63
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Goal89

Substitutes

16
RybakAlbert Rybak (GK)
33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
19
SniguirevAlexei Sniguirev
Substitution67
7
PituAdrian Pitu
Substitution80
13
DoliaDzmitry Dolia
Substitution63
Goal70
8
StoicaPompiliu Stoica
14
PuzynaPavel Puzyna
9
NeagaAdrian Neaga
15
TsyboulSerguei Tsyboul
18
FalemiNana Falemi
Substitution78
17
RadushkoOleg Radushko
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
Substitution74
9
TaraschikVitali Taraschik
Substitution54
29
MuticaDorel Mutica

Coach

Siarhei Saladounikau (BLR) Victor Piturca (ROU)

Referee

Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Assistant referees

Edin Selimovic (BIH), Miroslav Miric (BIH)

Fourth official

Novo Panic (BIH)

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