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Steaua savour spot-kick success

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 22.45CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 2-0 Valencia CF (agg: 2-2, Steaua win 4-3 on penalties) Romanian side eliminate holders.

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 22.45CET

Steaua savour spot-kick success

FC Steaua Bucuresti 2-0 Valencia CF (agg: 2-2, Steaua win 4-3 on penalties) Romanian side eliminate holders.

By Paul-Daniel Zaharia at Ghencea stadium

UEFA Cup holders Valencia CF were eliminated from this season's competition as FC Steaua Bucuresti cancelled out a two-goal first-leg deficit before holding their nerve in the penalty shoot-out.

Cristea chance
With driving rain making the Ghencea pitch heavy, Steaua coach Walter Zenga opted to pair Laurentiu Dinita and Andrei Cristea up front and the decision produced dividends as the latter hit two second-half goals to take the tie to extra time and ultimately penalties. The shoot-out began well for Valencia, with goalkeeper Andrés Palop saving Steaua's opener from Dorinel Munteanu but that proved their lone failure and misses from Rubén Baraja and Marco Di Vaio saw the home side triumph.

Early warning
The pacy Cristea's selection was a warning of attacking intent by Steaua and less than four minutes were gone when Nicolae Dica headed against the post. The home side were rampant and Petre Marin and George Ogararu both tested Palop before Daniel Oprita produced a cute pass to Cristea in space on 34 minutes but Palop was again alert.

Weakened Valencia
With Di Vaio, Stefano Fiore and Pablo Aimar all rested, Valencia offered little in return and seemed content to sit on their aggregate lead until Cristea reduced the deficit five minutes after the interval, opportunistically slotting past Palop. Still, the Spanish champions seemed unperturbed and it was not until the 20-year-old drew the sides level after latching on to another long ball, that they upped the tempo.

Mista misses
Di Vaio and Mista both came on and the latter twice went close at the start of extra time, but penalties resulted. Steaua had dominated the game from the kick-off and were not about to let their effort go to waste.

Last updated: 25/02/05 10.35CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

valencia

Valencia

33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
9
DinitaLaurentiu Dinita
Substitution84
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
14
DicăNicolae Dică
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Yellow Card33
Substitution78
18
MarinPetre Marin
Yellow Card73
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution113 ET
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
Yellow Card37
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Goal50
Goal71
Substitution94 ET
18
XiscoXisco
Substitution78
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
Substitution103 ET

Substitutes

12
TudorMartin Tudor (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution84
Yellow Card90+1
7
FioreStefano Fiore
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
Substitution94 ET
11
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
Substitution78
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
16
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution113 ET
20
MistaMista
Substitution78
Yellow Card83
29
CiocoiuCristian Ciocoiu
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution103 ET
36
KecaBoris Keca
31
KarlamoffNicolas Karlamoff

Coach

Walter Zenga (ITA) Claudio Ranieri (ITA)

Referee

Johan Verbist (BEL)

Assistant referees

Claude Gregoire (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Peter Jordens (BEL)

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