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Steaua vanquished by Villarreal

Published: Monday 21 March 2005, 0.05CET
Villarreal CF 2-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 2-0) Spain's last representatives go through to the last eight.

Match statistics

VillarrealSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 21 March 2005, 0.05CET

Steaua vanquished by Villarreal

Villarreal CF 2-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 2-0) Spain's last representatives go through to the last eight.

By Andy Hall

Villarreal CF will meet AZ Alkmaar in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup after goals from José Mari Romero and Juan Román Riquelme helped Spain's sole surviving representatives in UEFA competition to a 2-0 win against FC Steaua Bucuresti at the Madrigal.

Early opener
Despite the final score, the Romanian visitors pressed from the start and took just two minutes to threaten following a free-kick, Nicolae Dica rising above the Villarreal defence only to head just over. However, it was the Spanish side that opened the scoring in the fifth minute, José Mari arriving to meet Riquelme's corner with a delicate header that went through the legs of Steaua goalkeeper Vasili Khomutovski.

Great chance
The visitors responded in spirited fashion and could have levelled immediately when Daniel Oprita was left clean through as early nerves started to show in the home side's defence, but the striker failed to take his chance. Any signs of tension soon waned, however, and Villarreal pressed for a second goal whilst keeping the visitors at bay with an effective offside trap. José Mari and Luciano Figueroa posed a constant worry to the Steaua defence while Riquelme, who missed the first leg on Wednesday through suspension, was in fine form.

Cazorla switch
Steaua stepped up a gear during the second half and went in search of a crucial away goal but Villarreal stood firm. Coach Manuel Luis Pellegrini replaced the injured Juan Sorín with Santiago Cazorla shortly after the interval and the Spanish Under-21 international instantly made his presence felt. A minute past the hour, Petre Marin was forced to bring down the midfield player inside the area, which left referee Wolfgang Tark no option but to point to the spot.

Second attempt
Riquelme duly beat Khomutovski from the spot, but the kick was ordered to be retaken. However, the Argentinian forward made no mistake at the second attempt, shooting down the centre of the goal to put his team within touching distance of a place in the last eight. Steaua coach Walter Zenga brought on reinforcements but to little avail as the visitors looked increasingly disheartened during the final minutes. Villarreal held on to win the match and keep yet another clean sheet at home – the UEFA Intertoto Cup winners' 19th in succession in European competition.

Last updated: 21/03/05 13.30CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

steaua

Steaua

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
33
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena (C)
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
Yellow Card73
6
JosicoJosico
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
Goal62
Substitution90
14
DicăNicolae Dică
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
Substitution53
18
MarinPetre Marin
15
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
19
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution83
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
19
SennaMarcos Senna
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution76
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
Yellow Card70
23
José MaríJosé Marí
Substitution85
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution76

Substitutes

1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
12
TudorMartin Tudor (GK)
24
Armando SáArmando Sá
2
DumitruFlorentin Dumitru
4
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution53
9
DinitaLaurentiu Dinita
Substitution83
26
ArzoCésar Arzo
Substitution90
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
11
CallejaJavier Calleja
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Substitution76
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Substitution85
36
KecaBoris Keca
44
MarquitosMarquitos
29
CiocoiuCristian Ciocoiu
Substitution76

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Walter Zenga (ITA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Scheibel (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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