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Steaua held on home soil

Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.30CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 Villarreal CF Villarreal escape Romania with a draw from rearranged first leg.

Match statistics

SteauaVillarreal

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.30CET

Steaua held on home soil

FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 Villarreal CF Villarreal escape Romania with a draw from rearranged first leg.

By Paul-Daniel Zaharia at Ghencea stadium

FC Steaua Bucuresti and Villarreal CF played out an entertaining goalless draw in the rearranged first leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 16 encounter. After the first meeting between these clubs had been postponed due to snow, Villarreal returned to Romania for a second attempt and will be relieved to return home undefeated.

Early chance
The Primera División side could have found themselves behind inside the first two minutes but Sorin Paraschiv failed to connect well enough with the industrious Daniel Oprita's neat assist. Steaua even had the ball in the net eight minutes later, but Nicolae Dica's effort was disallowed for offside.

Visitors press
Andrei Cristea headed into Villarreal goalkeeper José Manuel Reina's arms on 26 minutes before the visitors, with José Mari Romero, Luciano Figueroa and Santiago Cazorla impressing, came into their own. Cazorla shot narrowly wide from distance on the half-hour mark and Luciano saw his bicycle-kick saved by Vasili Khomutovski five minutes later before José Mari shot wide.

Golden opportunities
With half-time approaching, Cristea squandered a gilt-edged chance to give the Romanian side a half-time interval lead, taking too long to shoot when one-on-one with Reina. Laurentiu Dinita could have made amends five minutes after the restart but headed Dorinel Munteanu's perfect cross wide of the target.

Talented teams
Dinita shot wide again midway through the second half and he was almost made to pay for the miss when Villarreal broke on the counterattack ten minutes from time. But both Luciano and Juan Sorín failed to hit the target from close range and a pulsating game between two talented teams ended goalless, leaving all to play for in Sunday's second leg.

Last updated: 17/03/05 9.47CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

villarreal

Villarreal

33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
Yellow Card5
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
4
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution87
9
DinitaLaurentiu Dinita
Substitution75
6
JosicoJosico
14
DicăNicolae Dică
Substitution90
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
18
MarinPetre Marin
15
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
Yellow Card29
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
Yellow Card39
Substitution89
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution71
19
SennaMarcos Senna
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Yellow Card15
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
23
José MaríJosé Marí
Yellow Card23
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
TudorMartin Tudor (GK)
1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
2
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
Substitution75
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution85
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution71
11
CallejaJavier Calleja
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Substitution87
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
24
Armando SáArmando Sá
29
CiocoiuCristian Ciocoiu
Substitution90
26
ArzoCésar Arzo
Substitution89
36
KecaBoris Keca
44
MarquitosMarquitos

Coach

Walter Zenga (ITA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Stéphane Cuhat (SUI)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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