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Ten-man Steaua sink Maccabi Haifa to stay afloat

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.00CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 4-2 Maccabi Haifa FC
A Cristian Tănase double helped the hosts secure their first victory in Group J and move to within a point of their opponents in second.
Ten-man Steaua sink Maccabi Haifa to stay afloat
Leandro Tatu (right) celebrates after opening the scoring for Steaua ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaM. Haifa

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners2
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed22
 
8
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

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

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 23.00CET

Ten-man Steaua sink Maccabi Haifa to stay afloat

FC Steaua Bucureşti 4-2 Maccabi Haifa FC
A Cristian Tănase double helped the hosts secure their first victory in Group J and move to within a point of their opponents in second.

Cristian Tănase scored twice for ten-man FC Steaua Bucureşti as they secured their first win in UEFA Europa League Group J against Maccabi Haifa FC to haul themselves back into contention for a top-two finish.

The hosts dominated proceedings in the first half and found themselves two goals to the good inside the opening half hour courtesy of Leandro Tatu and Florin Costea. Maccabi responded through Eyal Meshumar and Yaniv Katan, however, before Florin Costea saw red for Steaua after the break, but Tănase headed them back in front before sealing the win six minutes from time.

Determined to make amends for their 5-0 defeat in Israel last time out, Steaua were at their fluent best from the start and it did not take long for them to open the scoring, Tatu heading Pablo Brandán's corner past the helpless Nir Davidovitch from close range on 13 minutes. Costea then doubled the advantage just shy of the half-hour, curling a wonderful effort into the bottom right-hand corner after Raul Rusescu's neat lay-off.

Maccabi were handed a route back into the game when Steaua substitute Stefan Nikolić gave possession away on the halfway line and Meshumar seized the opportunity. The 28-year-old was allowed to travel as far as the edge of the penalty area, where he unleashed an unstoppable strike into the bottom left-hand corner. The visitors then drew level just four minutes later when Răzvan Stanca failed to keep out Katan's dipping volley.

The pace of the second half failed to match that of the first, with Brandán's long-range effort – which sailed narrowly over the crossbar – all either side could muster before the hour. The game then seemingly swung in favour of the visitors as Costea saw red for a challenge on Katan. However, undeterred by their numerical disadvantage, it was Steaua who forged ahead as Tănase headed in from close range after Martinović had climbed highest and hit the post from Brandán's free-kick.

The visitors were restricted to efforts from distance before a wonderful 30-metre strike from Tănase sealed Steaua's first win in the section. With that, Ilie Stan's side moved to within a point of their opponents in second and three adrift of leaders FC Schalke 04, whom they visit on 1 December when Maccabi travel to AEK Larnaca FC.

Last updated: 05/11/11 0.14CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
2
FalachSari Falach
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Substitution3
3
BuljatJurica Buljat
7
F. CosteaFlorin Costea
Goal28
Red Card61
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
Substitution68
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution85
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution37
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
Goal64
Goal84
Yellow Card84
11
VeredIdan Vered
Substitution33
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
Yellow Card89
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Yellow Card69
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card32
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Goal40
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Goal13
Substitution26
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Goal36

Substitutes

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
15
MustataBogdan Mustata
4
DganiOrel Dgani
19
LupuValeriu Lupu
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution37
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution3
Yellow Card26
17
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
Substitution68
27
NăstăsieIonuţ Năstăsie
Substitution85
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
28
RoşuIulian Roşu
25
AzrielHen Azriel
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution26
Yellow Card89
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
Substitution33

Coach

Ilie Stan (ROU) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Nicky Siebert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Ed Janssen (NED)

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