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Steaua thrill in Seville again

Published: Thursday 16 March 2006, 22.25CET
Real Betis Balompié 0-3 Steaua (agg: 0-3) Three second-half goals revived memories of another famous Steaua success in Seville.

Match statistics

BetisSteaua

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners4
 
4
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed16
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 March 2006, 22.25CET

Steaua thrill in Seville again

Real Betis Balompié 0-3 Steaua (agg: 0-3) Three second-half goals revived memories of another famous Steaua success in Seville.

Banel Nicolita's stunning second-half strike set FC Steaua Bucuresti on course for a 3-0 victory against ten-man Real Betis Balompié to book a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals as they marked their return to Seville, the city of their greatest triumph, in style.

Iacob second
Steaua lifted the 1985/86 European Champion Clubs' Cup at Sevilla FC's Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán home, defying the odds to defeat FC Barcelona 2-0 on penalties. Almost 20 years later many of that famous team were at the Manuel Ruíz de Lopera to cheer on their successors and Cosmin Olaroiu's side did not disappoint. Going into the game on the back of a goalless first leg, the Romanian outfit frustrated Betis for much of the encounter before Nicolita struck a sumptuous opener on 54 minutes.

Joaquín dismissed
The midfielder scored again late on, by which time Victoras Iacob had also registered but it was the opener that proved pivotal, the away-goals rule leaving the home team needing to score twice to keep their hopes alive. Those aspirations vanished just six minutes later when their principle outlet, Joaquín Sánchez, was dismissed after retaliating to a foul by Nicolae Dica.

Robert misses
The Spain midfielder had twice come close in the first half as Betis squandered countless opportunities. Robert was particularly guilty as he failed to direct a close-range header past goalkeeper Carlos Alberto Fernandes midway through the opening period. Steaua had created little in response, but took a shock lead nine minutes after the restart when Nicolita fired a blistering long-range effort beyond the outstretched arms of Pedro Contreras.

Fine finale
Dani Martín then hit the crossbar for Betis before a Iacob header made it 2-0 to Steaua with 12 minutes remaining, but the night was Nicolita's, and he completed victory in style as he dribbled past two defenders before drilling a superb low shot past Contreras. A yellow card to Gabriel Bostina means the Romanian team will be without the midfielder for the last-eight first leg, but that will not take the gloss off a fine performance.

Last updated: 17/03/06 11.48CET

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Lineups

betis

Betis

steaua

Steaua

1
ContrerasPedro Contreras (GK)
13
Carlos                                            Carlos Fernandes (GK)
27
MelliMelli
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
4
JuanitoJuanito (C)
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
16
NanoNano
3
GoianDorin Goian
2
Luis FernándezLuis Fernández
Yellow Card38
18
MarinPetre Marin
18
RiveraAlberto Rivera
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Goal54
Goal82
Substitution86
8
ArzuArzu
Substitution57
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Yellow Card19
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Red Card60
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
Substitution81
24
EduEdu
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Yellow Card39
Substitution72
28
DiegoTardelli Diego
Substitution56
10
DicăNicolae Dică
29
RobertRobert
19
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Goal78

Substitutes

13
DoblasAntonio Doblas (GK)
12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
6
DaniMartín Dani
Substitution57
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution72
10
CañasJuan José Cañas
14
CristoceaVasilica Cristocea
15
Miguel ÁngelMiguel Ángel
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
21
Xisco MuñozXisco Muñoz
Substitution56
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
26
IsraelBascón Israel
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution86
32
Gómez TorresJosé Isidoro Gómez Torres
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution81

Coach

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP) Aurelian Cosmin Olaroiu (ROU)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Alessandro Griselli (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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