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Steaua hit back to deny AEK Larnaca maiden win

Published: Thursday 29 September 2011, 20.54CET
AEK Larnaca FC 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The hosts looked on course for victory in their first UEFA Europa League home group game, but Mihai Costea's goal meant they had to settle for a point.
Steaua hit back to deny AEK Larnaca maiden win
AEK Larnaca's Ioannis Skopelitis and Pablo Brandán of Steaua vie for possession in their sides' 1-1 draw ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AEK LarnacaSteaua

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners2
 
9
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed9
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

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

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Published: Thursday 29 September 2011, 20.54CET

Steaua hit back to deny AEK Larnaca maiden win

AEK Larnaca FC 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The hosts looked on course for victory in their first UEFA Europa League home group game, but Mihai Costea's goal meant they had to settle for a point.

AEK Larnaca FC picked up their first point in UEFA Europa League Group J after a 1-1 draw against FC Steaua Bucureşti.

The Cypriot side were on their way to celebrating a maiden win after Miljan Mrdaković had struck to give them the lead in the 59th minute. However, Mihai Costea responded soon after for Steaua, who had to see out the final stages with ten men following Pablo Brandán's dismissal.

Steaua could not manage a shot on target on matchday one, but they threatened early in Cyprus. Leandro Tatu had an early glimpse of the home goal, swivelling in the sixth minute to fire over. Brandán's powerful header then brought the best out of Marco Fortin and, with Cristian Tănase pulling the strings impressively in the Steaua midfield, the visitors were playing with confidence.

Making their home debut in a UEFA club competition group stage, AEK were nonetheless far from content to simply make up the numbers. Indeed, Njongo Priso had already fired wide when he was released by Jason Demetriou on the stroke of half-time. He drove into the box only to find the angle too acute and well covered by Steaua goalkeeper Răzvan Stanca.

Just before the hour mark the hosts took the lead, as Priso drilled in a low cross which Mrdaković stabbed in at the second attempt. Lacklustre since the break, Steaua refocused, and the persistence of Alexandru Bourceanu earned them an equaliser six minutes later. He charged down Edwin Linssen's clearance and Costea pounced on it, driving into the area and firing across Fortin.

Chances came to both sides as the game opened up, with AEK applying late pressure following Brandán's 82nd-minute sending-off. Their best chance fell to Rubén Gómez, but the substitute was denied by the legs of Stanca.

Last updated: 01/10/11 0.12CET

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Lineups

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AEK Larnaca

steaua

Steaua

14
FortinMarco Fortin (GK)
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
5
van DijkGregor van Dijk (C)
3
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
Substitution67
6
DimechLuke Dimech
4
IlievValentin Iliev
7
LinssenEdwin Linssen
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
Yellow Card79
Red Card82
8
SkopelitisIoannis Skopelitis
Yellow Card56
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
9
MrdakovićMiljan Mrdaković
Goal59
Substitution74
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Goal65
10
Gonzalo GarcíaGonzalo García
Substitution53
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution76
19
De ClerTim de Cler
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Yellow Card84
Substitution90+3
20
DemetriouJason Demetriou
Yellow Card88
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
21
PrisoNjongo Priso
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
39
KingsleySunny Kingsley
Substitution60
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu

Substitutes

1
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
95
CojocaruValentin Cojocaru (GK)
11
PavlouKyriakos Pavlou
Substitution74
7
F. CosteaFlorin Costea
Substitution76
15
KastanasKostas Kastanas
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Substitution67
23
PintadoGorka Pintado
Substitution60
Yellow Card84
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
27
GómezRubén Gómez
Substitution53
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
29
MytidisNestor Mytidis
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution90+3
33
ProdromouMichael Prodromou
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić

Coach

Ton Caanen (NED) Roni Levy (ISR)

Referee

Mark Courtney (NIR)

Assistant referees

Eamon Shanks (NIR), Paul Munn (NIR)

Fourth official

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Black (NIR), Raymond Crangle (NIR)

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