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Steaua hold their nerve

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.15CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 2-2 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 3-4) The Romanian side survive a late CSKA rally.

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaSteaua

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.15CET

Steaua hold their nerve

PFC CSKA Sofia 2-2 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 3-4) The Romanian side survive a late CSKA rally.

By Stoyan Georgiev at Bulgarska Armia stadium

FC Steaua Bucuresti withstood a late rally from hosts PFC CSKA Sofia to reach the UEFA Cup group stage 4-3 on aggregate after a draw in Bulgaria tonight.

Early lead
Steaua took command of the game early on and soon extended the 2-1 advantage they held from the first leg. In the 14th minute CSKA captain Todor Yanchev conceded a free-kick in midfield, and Steaua worked the ball forward quickly to set up Daniel Oprita, who gave home side's goalkeeper Ivailo Ivanov no chance with a fine header.

Turning point
CSKA had a chance to get back in the tie after 31 minutes but Velizar Dimitrov struck the post with a penalty. Within three minutes Steaua had doubled their lead on the night and extended their aggregate advantage to 4-1. A quick counterattack ended with Sorin Paraschiv scoring with a fine angled finish.

Sakaliev strike
That effectively killed off the tie but CSKA refused to be swept aside and pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, when Stoiko Sakaliev scored the goal of the game with a ferocious volley that crashed in off the crossbar.

Munteanu role
Buoyed by that strike, CSKA pushed continually for a second, but, led by the experienced Dorinel Munteanu, Steaua managed to absorb the pressure while keeping CSKA on their toes with several dangerous counterattacks.

Frantic finish
However, the home side finally managed to level the score on the night after 76 minutes thanks to some predatory finishing from Emil Gargorov. The goal set the stage for a frantic finale, and Steaua goalkeeper Vasili Khomutovski came to his team's rescue with a superb point-blank save from Sakaliev in the 80th minute as the 1985/86 European champions survived to enter Tuesday's draw.

Last updated: 01/10/04 11.46CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

steaua

Steaua

12
Ivailo IvanovIvailo Ivanov (GK)
33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
2
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
2
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
Substitution81
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
6
ZafirovAdalbert Zafirov
Substitution77
14
DicăNicolae Dică
Substitution90+2
7
YanevHristo Yanev
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
18
MarinPetre Marin
Yellow Card72
10
MujiriAmiran Mujiri
Substitution52
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Goal14
Substitution66
21
SakalievStoyko Sakaliev
Goal45+1
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov
Goal76
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Goal34
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga (C)

Substitutes

31
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
12
TudorMartin Tudor (GK)
3
VarbanovYordan Varbanov
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution66
9
ZakovGerasim Zakov
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
11
CahaRobert Caha
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
19
YordanovEvgeni Yordanov
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution81
20
AyandaEl Hadji Ayanda
Substitution77
29
CiocoiuCristian Ciocoiu
Substitution90+2
24
K. HazurovKostadin Hazurov
Substitution52
30
FalemiNana Falemi

Coach

Ferario Spasov (BUL) Walter Zenga (ITA)

Referee

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Magne Tosse (NOR), Odd Arne Vangen (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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