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Dica gives Steaua the edge

Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.17CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 2-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Constantin Nicolae Dica's late header puts Steaua in control.

Match statistics

SteauaCSKA Sofia

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.17CET

Dica gives Steaua the edge

FC Steaua Bucuresti 2-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Constantin Nicolae Dica's late header puts Steaua in control.

Paul Zaharia at the Ghencea stadium

Constantin Nicolae Dica struck eleven minutes from time to give FC Steaua Bucuresti a narrow UEFA Cup first-leg lead against PFC CSKA Sofia.

Late header
Dica found space between centre-backs Ibrahima Gueye and Adalbert Zafirov and rose to meet a right-wing cross from Florentin Dumitru to break a 1-1 draw and ensure the Romanian side take a one-goal lead to Bulgaria in a fortnight.

Neaga opener
Steaua captain Adrian Neaga opened the scoring with the first real attack of the match on ten minutes, capping off a superb solo run with a terrific shot from the edge of the area. The goal sent the home crowd wild, but 18 minutes later the 2,000 CSKA fans that had made the trip from Sofia had their own cause to celebrate.

Injury problems
Steaua coach Walter Zenga was without Mirel Radoi, Valeriu Rachita and Tiberiu Curt and was forced to play an unfamiliar back-line, and CSKA looked threatening on the counterattack throughout.

Yanev leveller
Hristo Yanev, Velizar Dimitrov and Amiran Mujiri were particularly lively and on 28 minutes Yanev and Mujiri combined to draw the visiting side level. Mujiri led another counter and found Yanev with a deft pass, and the striker shot past Vasili Khomutovski at the near-post.

Ogararu header
Steaua were winning the aerial battles and created two good chances before the break. On 38 minutes Neaga's header flashed narrowly wide, before, with half-time rapidly approaching, George Crhistia Ogararu headed on to the post. He watched the ball drop on to the goalline but the CSKA defence reacted quickest to clear the danger.

Khomutovski saves
CSKA showed more attacking intent after the break and should have taken the lead on 57 minutes when Stoyko Sakaliev broke clear of the Steaua defence and bore down on Khomutovski. But the Steaua goalkeeper stood his ground and made the save.

Bizarre booking
Three minutes later, in a bizarre incident, Steaua substitute Gabriel Bostina, who had not come on, was banished from the bench and booked for kicking the ball on the touchline while it was still in play.

Dica decider
Both sides wasted opportunities to break the deadlock before Steaua finally regained the advantage through Dica on 79 minutes. Steaua then defended well to ensure they did not surrender their lead for the second time, and preserve their slight advantage for when the two teams meet again.

Last updated: 16/09/04 23.42CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
12
Ivailo IvanovIvailo Ivanov (GK)
2
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
2
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
14
DicăNicolae Dică
Yellow Card43
Goal79
Substitution90+1
6
ZafirovAdalbert Zafirov
18
MarinPetre Marin
7
YanevHristo Yanev
Goal28
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution45+1
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Substitution90+3
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
10
MujiriAmiran Mujiri
Substitution82
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution88
21
SakalievStoyko Sakaliev
Substitution90
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga (C)
Goal10
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
30
FalemiNana Falemi
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov

Substitutes

12
TudorMartin Tudor (GK)
31
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
7
PituAdrian Pitu
3
VarbanovYordan Varbanov
Substitution90+3
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution90+1
9
ZakovGerasim Zakov
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
11
CahaRobert Caha
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
20
AyandaEl Hadji Ayanda
Substitution82
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution45+1
24
K. HazurovKostadin Hazurov
Substitution90
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution88
28
Adrian IvanovAdrian Ivanov

Coach

Walter Zenga (ITA) Ferario Spasov (BUL)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Jorge Lourenço Batista (POR)

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