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Niculae breathes life into Dinamo

Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 0.50CET
FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti 2-1 SK Sturm Graz
Marius Niculae grabbed a winner after Dinamo had been reduced to ten men to keep their faint hopes of qualification alive.
Niculae breathes life into Dinamo
Sturm's Haris Bukva take son Dinamo's Francisco Molinero ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Dinamo BucureştiSturm

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
6
Attempts off target0
1
Corners4
 
3
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed19
 
20
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 0.50CET

Niculae breathes life into Dinamo

FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti 2-1 SK Sturm Graz
Marius Niculae grabbed a winner after Dinamo had been reduced to ten men to keep their faint hopes of qualification alive.

Experienced striker Marius Niculae kept FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti in with a slim hope of qualifying for the round of 32 as his clever header allowed the Romanian side to complete a double over SK Sturm Graz even though they were reduced to ten men just before half-time.

Superb header
In a frantic first five minutes, Sturm missed a penalty and then took the lead with a superb header from Mario Sonnleitner. They were pegged back when Niculae's shot went in off goalkeeper Christian Gratzei but must have felt they were favourites when Laurenţiu Rus, booked when he gave away the penalty, was dismissed for a foul. Niculae then nodded in from a narrow angle early in the second half, so Dinamo can now go through if they win away to Panathinaikos FC on Matchday 6.

Penalty save
The game burst into life after only three minutes when Dinamo could only half clear a corner, and Rus stuck out his hand to concede a penalty and earn a yellow card. He was spared further punishment when Emilian Dolha guessed the right way to save Samir Muratović's penalty. The reprieve for Dinamo was short-lived as Sturm took the lead from the resulting corner. This time Dolha was given no chance as Haris Bukva's superb cross was met by an even better header into the top corner from Sonnleitner.

Sending off
A dominant Dinamo levelled on 41 minutes when Andrei Cristea's half-volley forced a fine save from Gratzei, but when Niculae hooked the ball back in from a narrow angle, it bounced off the post and into the net off Gratzei. Rus immediately deflated Dinamo by inviting a second yellow card for a mistimed tackle. It was a tough task for Dinamo but 12 minutes after the break, Niculae stole in unmarked at the far post to direct Gabriel Boştină's free-kick past Gratzei from a narrow angle, and the ten men held out with ease.

Last updated: 04/12/09 0.49CET

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Lineups

dinamo bucureşti

Dinamo Bucureşti

sturm

Sturm

12
DolhaEmilian Dolha (GK)
1
GratzeiChristian Gratzei (GK)
2
DiabatéZie Diabaté
4
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner
Goal5
Substitution61
4
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card67
5
FeldhoferFerdinand Feldhofer
Yellow Card33
6
RusLaurenţiu Rus
Yellow Card4
Red Card43
7
HlinkaPeter Hlinka
8
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
9
BukvaHaris Bukva
9
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae (C)
Goal41
Goal57
Substitution90+2
10
MuratovićSamir Muratović (C)
Penalty4
Substitution68
14
MolineroFrancisco Molinero
Yellow Card76
17
EhrenreichMartin Ehrenreich
Yellow Card84
17
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Substitution84
20
PrettenthalerMark Prettenthaler
Yellow Card56
20
CristeaAdrian Cristea
Yellow Card89
23
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
Yellow Card8
22
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution58
26
WeinbergerMarvin Weinberger
Substitution77
30
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
30
LavričKlemen Lavrič

Substitutes

23
MatacheFlorin Matache (GK)
2
LamotteFabian Lamotte
3
PulhacCristian Pulhac
8
HölzlAndreas Hölzl
Substitution77
5
KonéDjakaridja Koné
Substitution58
13
JantscherJakob Jantscher
Substitution61
7
ZicuIanis Zicu
18
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
18
GoianLucian Goian
Substitution84
22
LukseAndreas Lukse (GK)
25
ScarlatacheAdrian Scarlatache
28
BeichlerDaniel Beichler
Substitution68
99
NiculescuClaudiu Niculescu
Substitution90+2
29
FodaSandro Foda

Coach

Cornel Talnar (ROU) Franco Foda (GER)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Alfredo Braga (POR)

Fourth official

Pedro Jorge Carvalheiro Henriques (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), Bruno Esteves (POR)

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