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Late leveller cannot save Steaua

Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.45CET
FC Sheriff 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Despite Juan Toja's 87th-minute equaliser, Steaua were eliminated by a Sheriff outfit who missed out on moving second in Group H.
Late leveller cannot save Steaua
Juan Toja's goal was not enough for Steaua ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SheriffSteaua

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
1

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Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.45CET

Late leveller cannot save Steaua

FC Sheriff 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Despite Juan Toja's 87th-minute equaliser, Steaua were eliminated by a Sheriff outfit who missed out on moving second in Group H.

FC Sheriff and FC Steaua Bucureşti traded late goals in a 1-1 draw that maintains the Moldovan champions' hopes of progressing from Group H while eliminating their Romanian visitors.

Late drama
A tight game of few chances came alive in the last seven minutes as Amath Diedhiou's strike looked to have earned the hosts the points before Juan Toja's half-volley brought the visitors level moments later. With FC Twente losing at home to Fenerbahçe SK, Sheriff sit two points behind the second-placed Dutch side going into their final fixture in Istanbul.

Cagey first half
Although Sheriff and Steaua occupied the section's bottom two places at kick-off, there was a lack ambition among both sets of players in the first half. The home team's Constantin Arbănaş shot over in the 17th minute, but there was precious little further action until Sheriff's Vladimir Volkov overran the ball as he bore down on goal a minute before the break. The hosts' best chance was soon followed by the visitors', as Bănel Nicoliţă's cross was headed centimetres wide by Bogdan Stancu.

Kapetanos chance
In need of nothing less than victory, Steaua had to open up. In the 55th minute Nicoliţă delivered another accurate centre which goalkeeper Stanislav Namaşco could only spill at the feet of substitute Pantelis Kapetanos. However, with his first touch after coming on, the replacement could only side-foot against the bar with the goalkeeper and defenders scrambling to cover.

Goals traded
With time ebbing away Diedhiou picked up a long clearance and stabbed a tame effort towards goal from 20 metres. It seemed a straightforward save for Robinson Zapata but, to his horror, it trickled under him. However, Mihai Stoichiţă's team responded three minutes from time, Toja rifling in to earn Steaua – who had Petre Marin sent off deep into added time – a point, if not enough save their UEFA Europa League ambitions.

Last updated: 03/12/09 0.17CET

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Lineups

sheriff

Sheriff

steaua

Steaua

1
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
2
Da CostaSergio Da Costa
5
RadaIonuţ Rada
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Substitution77
6
TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution66
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili (C)
7
SzékelyJános Székely
Substitution20
9
Jymmy FrançaJymmy França
Substitution88
11
SurduRomeo Surdu
Yellow Card89
10
ErokhinAleksandr Erokhin
14
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
Goal87
14
BalimaBenjamin Balima
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
17
RouambaFlorent Rouamba
Yellow Card79
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
18
ArbănaşConstantin Arbănaş
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea (C)
22
RodríguezLuis Antonio Rodríguez
Yellow Card80
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Yellow Card27
24
MamahAbdul Mamah
28
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution54

Substitutes

25
MelenciucAlexandru Melenciuc (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
7
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
9
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Substitution54
11
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
18
MarinPetre Marin
Substitution20
Red Card90+3
15
KarpovichIgor Karpovich
19
IonescuAndrei Ionescu
Substitution66
21
DiedhiouAndré Diedhiou
Substitution77
Goal83
21
OchiroşiiIulian Ochiroşii
30
BrankovićVladimir Branković
23
Dayro MorenoDayro Moreno
88
KuchukAleksei Kuchuk
Substitution88
31
NinuEmil Ninu

Coach

Leonid Kuchuk (BLR) Mihai Stoichiță (ROU)

Referee

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Assistant referees

Erik Ræstad (NOR), Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)

Fourth official

Kjetil Saelen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Brage Sandmoen (NOR), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

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