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Stancu at the double as Steaua beat Utrecht

Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 22.50CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-1 FC Utrecht
The predatory Bogdan Stancu scored twice in as many second-half minutes as Steaua leapt from the foot of Group K to second.
Stancu at the double as Steaua beat Utrecht
Novak Martinović slides in on Utrecht goalscorer Dries Mertens ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaUtrecht

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners9
 
7
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed21
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 22.50CET

Stancu at the double as Steaua beat Utrecht

FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-1 FC Utrecht
The predatory Bogdan Stancu scored twice in as many second-half minutes as Steaua leapt from the foot of Group K to second.

FC Steaua Bucureşti rocketed from last to second place in Group K with a 3-1 win against FC Utrecht.

Bogdan Stancu struck twice in two second-half minutes to tilt a close tie in the home side's favour and leave Utrecht without a win in four UEFA Europa League ties. Yet with Liverpool FC beating SSC Napoli 3-1, Ton du Chatinier's side still have plenty to fight for in a tight section.

The stage was set for a jittery fixture within 20 seconds as Romeo Surdu's punt had Michel Vorm scrambling at full stretch to save. Dries Mertens later fired a powerful shot at Steaua goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu before Marius Lăcătuş's side edged ahead.

Centre-back Florin Gardoş rose highest in a goalmouth scrum to nod towards goal, and while Vorm got firmly behind the ball he inadvertently carried it over his line.

If that seemed harsh on the Utrecht players, amends was soon made, as Martens delivered a free-kick which Tătăruşanu could only watch as it sailed into the top right corner of his net.

Stancu stole the show early in the second half. Two attempted clearances only conspired to send the ball deeper into the Utrecht danger area, and Cristian Tănase nicked the ball across the path of the panicking Vorm for the striker to scuff and scramble home.

The 23-year-old's nose for goal had him surging through again a minute later. This time, a quick sortie up the right enabled Bănel Nicoliţă to nudge into Stancu's path, the striker's outstretched boot prodding the ball into the unguarded Utrecht net.

The visitors probed forward gamely thereafter but Steaua held reasonably firm, and might have extended their lead had János Székely elected to pass rather than go for glory following a late break.

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

utrecht

Utrecht

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Goal29
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
10
TănaseCristian Tănase (C)
Substitution83
3
NeşuMihai Neşu
Yellow Card22
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
7
DuplanEdouard Duplan
Substitution76
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card20
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer (C)
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Yellow Card38
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
21
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Yellow Card12
11
MertensDries Mertens
Goal33
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
12
DemougeFrank Demouge
Substitution82
24
SurduRomeo Surdu
Substitution87
17
SchutAlje Schut
28
StancuBogdan Stancu
Goal52
Goal53
20
LenskyJacob Lensky
32
ApostolIulian Apostol
Substitution46
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
Yellow Card90

Substitutes

33
LunguCezar Lungu (GK)
19
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
4
AbrudanOctavian Abrudan
14
Van der MaarelMark van der Maarel
7
SzékelyJános Székely
Substitution83
18
MaguireBarry Maguire
8
RăduţMihai Răduţ
22
KellerSander Keller
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution87
23
DansoErixon Danso
Substitution76
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution46
27
NijholtGianluca Nijholt
91
MateiCosmin Matei
47
de KogelLeon de Kogel
Substitution82

Coach

Marius Lacatus (ROU) Ton du Chatinier (NED)

Referee

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Vitali Drozdov (RUS)

Fourth official

Evgeny Turbin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Eduard Maliy (RUS), Viacheslav Kharlamov (RUS)

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