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Rapid bow to the power of Steaua

Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.01CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 AFC Rapid Bucuresti (agg: 1-1, Steaua win on away goals) Banel Nicolita's first-leg goal proved decisive.

Match statistics

SteauaRapid Bucureşti

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners5
 
5
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
15
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.01CET

Rapid bow to the power of Steaua

FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 AFC Rapid Bucuresti (agg: 1-1, Steaua win on away goals) Banel Nicolita's first-leg goal proved decisive.

Banel Nicolita's strike in the first leg at the Giulesti stadium proved decisive as FC Steaua Bucuresti progressed to the UEFA Cup semi-finals on away goals following a 0-0 draw against AFC Rapid Bucuresti.

Defence dominant
With the hosts needing only to keep a clean sheet at the Lia Manoliu stadium to earn a place in the last four, the second leg was dominated by defensive play with Razvan Lucescu's side failing to unpick a steadfast Steaua rearguard, following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Coman busy
Steaua enjoyed the early running with Nicolae Dica directing a fifth-minute header wide of the right post. Rapid goalkeeper Danut Coman then make a firm save as Nicolita's free-kick found the head of Andrei Cristea and Cristea was soon causing further panic in the Rapid back line with a powerful drive which flew inches past the post. The visitors did eventually catch their first glimpse of goal soon after, with Mugurel Buga's free-kick rising just over the crossbar.

Rapid attack
Rapid enjoyed another rare foray into the attacking third after 31 minutes as a teasing cross from Daniel Niculae was headed narrowly past the target by Buga. However, Steaua continued to have the edge over their city rivals and yet another free-kick before the interval, this time from Mirel Radoi, was dealt with by the agile Coman in the Rapid goal.

Steaua shots
The home team continued their hunt for the opener in the second half and came close to taking the lead when Dorin Goian directed an in-swinging corner from Nicolita agonisingly wide from five metres. Another corner from Nicolita a few minutes later resulted in a drive from Dica which Coman did well to get a glove to.

Final effort
Rapid were still struggling to get past a resolute Steaua defence but Buga should have done better with a 64th-minute header, which he steered over the bar, while Emil Dica drilled a 20-metre effort past the right post. However, as Rapid's frustration showed, it was Steaua who almost snatched a winner. Nicolita's free-kick five minutes from time found the head of Sorin Ghionea, only for the Steaua defender to waste a golden opportunity with the goal at his mercy.

Last updated: 07/04/06 0.08CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

rapid bucureşti

Rapid Bucureşti

13
Carlos                                            Carlos Fernandes (GK)
1
ComanDănuţ Coman (GK)
3
GoianDorin Goian
5
I. StancuIonut Stancu
Yellow Card71
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
6
RadaIonuţ Rada
18
MarinPetre Marin
Substitution78
24
MafteiVasile Maftei (C)
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
23
M. ConstantinMarius Constantin
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
9
BădoiValentin Bădoi
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
18
GrigoreNicolae Grigore
10
DicăNicolae Dică
25
C. StancuConstantin Stancu
Substitution64
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution67
29
BugaMugurel Buga
Substitution76
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
99
V MoldovanViorel Moldovan
Substitution70
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution90
21
D.NiculaeDaniel Niculae
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
32
MincăMihai Mincă (GK)
5
BalanDaniel Balan
Substitution90
7
VasilacheCiprian Vasilache
Substitution76
9
SimionValentin Simion
8
NegruValentin Negru
14
CristoceaVasilica Cristocea
13
DicăEmil Dică
Substitution64
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
Substitution67
14
PerjăDănuţ Perjă
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
20
BurdujanLucian Burdujan
Substitution70
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution78
28
N. ConstantinNicolae Constantin

Coach

Aurelian Cosmin Olaroiu (ROU) Răzvan Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Pedro Medina Hernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Peréz Burrull (ESP)

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