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Steaua and Schalke open with a stalemate

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 22.55CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-0 FC Schalke 04
The visitors had the best of things but could not create enough openings to pick up the points against a resolute Steaua outfit.
Steaua and Schalke open with a stalemate
Schalke's Christian Fuchs holds off the attention of Andrei Prepeliţă ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaSchalke

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target1
 
5
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 22.55CET

Steaua and Schalke open with a stalemate

FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-0 FC Schalke 04
The visitors had the best of things but could not create enough openings to pick up the points against a resolute Steaua outfit.

FC Steaua Bucureşti and FC Schalke 04 could not be separated as they kicked off their UEFA Europa League Group J bids with a goalless draw.

The visitors had the best of proceedings in Cluj-Napoca but could not find a way through a determined Steaua rearguard. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar came closest to engineering a decisive goal, yet even he found the crossbar in the way of his second-half attempt.

With the prize of playing a European final on home soil on offer in this season's competition, perhaps the hosts could be forgiven for their nervy start. If Schalke enjoyed the better of the play in the first half, though, they did not gain anything to show for it. Indeed, clear chances were few and far between as the section rivals rather felt their way into the campaign.

A 35th-minute Raúl González header was about as good as it got for the visitors before the break, but it was comfortably palmed away by Ciprian Tătăruşanu. Huntelaar also had a sighting, though his firm drive was bravely blocked by Pablo Brandán. The closest Steaua came was when Cristian Tănase nearly capitalised on some indecision at the back, yet for the most part the battle for supremacy was taking place in the middle of the pitch.

That nearly changed ten minutes after the break when Jefferson Farfán sped to the byline and cut back for Huntelaar, who swept a first-time shot on to the bar. Ralf Rangnick's side became more urgent as time ticked down but were mainly limited to speculative efforts as both teams opened with a point.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.13CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

schalke

Schalke

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK) (C)
1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
Yellow Card49
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution80
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution73
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution90+2
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution67
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card39
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card49
Substitution80
22
GalamazGeorge Galamaz
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu
Yellow Card42
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
32
MatipJoel Matip

Substitutes

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
4
IlievValentin Iliev
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution80
7
F. CosteaFlorin Costea
Substitution90+2
12
HögerMarco Höger
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution67
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
24
KlugePeer Kluge
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution80
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution73

Coach

Roni Levy (ISR) Ralf Rangnick (GER)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Anastassios Kakos (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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