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Schalke sail through with Steaua triumph

Published: Thursday 1 December 2011, 20.57CET
FC Schalke 04 2-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Raúl González's first UEFA Europa League goal sealed Schalke's passage as Group J winners, but all is not lost for Steaua.
by Derek Brookman
from Arena AufSchalke

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Match statistics

SchalkeSteaua

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners14
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed4
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 1 December 2011, 20.57CET

Schalke sail through with Steaua triumph

FC Schalke 04 2-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Raúl González's first UEFA Europa League goal sealed Schalke's passage as Group J winners, but all is not lost for Steaua.

FC Schalke 04 beat FC Steaua Bucureşti 2-1 to book their passage to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase as Group J winners.

The home side looked to be cruising after Kyriakos Papadopoulos capped a dominant opening spell with the opener on 25 minutes. Raul Rusescu unexpectedly restored parity soon after, setting the stage for Raúl González to secure the points with a typical predatory finish on 57 minutes.

The Bundesliga side made a strong start, forcing corner after corner. Their first 11 came to little, with only a header from Raúl González seriously testing keeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu; it proved 12th time lucky. Alexander Baumjohann played the ball short to José Manuel Jurado, whose cross was headed in by Greek defender Papadopoulos.

The boisterous home support celebrated and sat back, expecting more, only to be jolted by a hefty sucker punch. Pablo Brandán's deceptively simple pass found Rusescu in space on the edge of the Schalke area, and the Steaua forward calmly side-footed the equaliser past Lars Unnerstall.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had the first chance after the restart but Tătăruşanu beat away his angled drive. The Dutch international was instrumental as his side regained the lead. Huntelaar made room inside the box and although Eric Bicfalvi managed to block his shot the ball broke to Raúl, who converted from close range to register his first UEFA Europa League goal – to add to 71 in the UEFA Champions League.

Schalke remained superior but although they could not add a third, they hung on and AEK Larnaca FC's victory over Maccabi Haifa FC assured them of top spot with a game to spare. It also left the door open to Steaua, who will advance if they beat AEK Larnaca in a fortnight and Haifa fail to match that at home to Schalke.

Last updated: 05/12/12 8.55CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

steaua

Steaua

36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal57
4
IlievValentin Iliev
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution78
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution65
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution88
12
HögerMarco Höger
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card48
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Substitution68
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Goal25
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Yellow Card77
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Goal33
Substitution69
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution83
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
32
MatipJoel Matip
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)

Substitutes

34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
3
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution83
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution68
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
22
GalamazGeorge Galamaz
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
27
NăstăsieIonuţ Năstăsie
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz
Substitution78
28
RoşuIulian Roşu
Substitution88
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution65
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution69

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Eduard Iordanescu (ROU)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Javier Rodriguez (ESP), Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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