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Dica strike sets Steaua on course

Published: Friday 21 April 2006, 0.19CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
Nicolae Dica's goal won the day but the Romanian side could be left to rue a host of missed chances.

Match statistics

SteauaMiddlesbrough

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners7
 
2
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
19
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 21 April 2006, 0.19CET

Dica strike sets Steaua on course

FC Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
Nicolae Dica's goal won the day but the Romanian side could be left to rue a host of missed chances.

Nicolae Dica's sumptuous strike gave FC Steaua Bucuresti a 1-0 first-leg advantage in their UEFA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough FC in the Romanian capital, but Cosmin Olaroiu's team could live to regret a host of missed opportunities.

Harmful suspensions
Dica scored his fourth goal of the competition on the half-hour. With Middlesbrough penned inside their own half, Mirel Radoi fed the ball to the forward, who held off George Boateng before swivelling and drilling a shot high into the net. It provided a deserved lead and Steaua could have won by more but spurned countless chances. However, with Sorin Paraschiv and Banel Nicolita suspended for the return in England in seven days, the tie remains tight.

Striking absentees
Middlesbrough will hope to recover the injured Mark Viduka for that game, as the Australian centre-forward was sorely missed in Bucharest. Indeed, both sides struggled early on and it was not until the tenth minute that Steaua created the first real opening after Matthew Bates could only half-clear. Daniel Oprita headed the ball back into the danger area where Dica hooked over the crossbar. Bates was only playing because visiting manager Steve McClaren was without his first-choice centre-backs - injured captain Gareth Southgate and the suspended Chris Riggott. Yet the youngster and Ugo Ehiogu soon settled.

Middlesbrough rally
Radoi and George Ogararu both tried their luck from distance, but neither forced a save from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who had rather more to think about when the unmarked Dica nodded a corner just past the upright. It marked the start of a spell of sustained pressure from the hosts, culminating in Dica's goal. Middlesbrough could have been level by the interval, though, as Boateng's cross was diverted on to the crossbar by a combination of Yakubu Ayegbeni and Ogararu, before Carlos Alberto Fernandes produced a fine stop to deny James Morrison from the resulting corner.

Second-half pressure
Schwarzer saved well from Dorin Goian eight minutes after the restart, and did even better to keep out Dica's effort after Stuart Parnaby's mistimed clearance gave the goalscorer an excellent chance to double his tally. The Australian international almost handed Goian another opening when he dropped a cross midway through the half, but Bates was on hand to clear. Then, with minutes remaining, Petre Marin screwed wide with the goal at his mercy as Middlesbrough held on.

Last updated: 21/04/06 11.51CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

13
Carlos                                            Carlos Fernandes (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
20
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
4
EhioguUgo Ehiogu (C)
3
GoianDorin Goian
26
BatesMatthew Bates
18
MarinPetre Marin
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
10
DicăNicolae Dică
Goal30
7
BoatengGeorge Boateng
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
10
RochembackFábio Rochemback
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
19
DowningStewart Downing
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution86
25
MorrisonJames Morrison
Substitution70
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
20
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution70
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution89
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Substitutes

12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
5
BalanDaniel Balan
11
ChristieMalcolm Christie
14
CristoceaVasilica Cristocea
15
ParlourRay Parlour
Substitution70
Yellow Card90
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
17
DorivaDoriva
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
18
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
Substitution70
21
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution89
31
WheaterDavid Wheater
28
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution86
33
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor

Coach

Aurelian Cosmin Olaroiu (ROU) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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