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Nikolić at the double as Steaua seal last 32 berth

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 23.00CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-1 AEK Larnaca FC
The Romanian side booked their place in the round of 32 as Group J runners-up thanks to two second-half Stefan Nikolić goals.
Nikolić at the double as Steaua seal last 32 berth
Raul Rusescu celebrates after giving Steaua the lead from the penalty spot ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaAEK Larnaca

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners10
 
1
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed23
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 23.00CET

Nikolić at the double as Steaua seal last 32 berth

FC Steaua Bucureşti 3-1 AEK Larnaca FC
The Romanian side booked their place in the round of 32 as Group J runners-up thanks to two second-half Stefan Nikolić goals.

FC Steaua Bucureşti clinched second spot in UEFA Europa League Group J and a place in the round of 32 thanks to their 3-1 victory against AEK Larnaca FC and Maccabi Haifa FC's 3-0 defeat by section winners FC Schalke 04.

Steaua and AEK Larnaca were level on five points prior to kick-off and knew only victory would enable them to capitalise on any slip-up by the Israeli side. After a goalless first half the game sprung into life ten minutes after the break when Raul Rusescu converted from the penalty spot to give Steaua the lead. The visitors swiftly hit back through Gorka Pintado but Steaua sealed their place thanks to Stefan Nikolić's double.

Steaua, roared on by a vocal home crowd, tested Alexandre Negri from distance early on but it was AEK Larnaca who looked the more dangerous in a quiet first half. Gonzalo García's cross from the left was headed wide by Pintado at the front post before Steaua's Cristian Tănase's superb volley was tipped over by Negri. Kevin Hofland's curling free-kick was well saved down to his right by Ciprian Tătăruşanu in the Steaua goal to ensure it remained goalless at the break.

The hosts came out firing in the second half and made the breakthrough on 55 minutes when Nikolić was brought down by Ander Murillo; Rusescu sent Negri the wrong way from the spot. However, the Cypriot outfit did not lie down and equalised just six minutes later when Pintado stooped to powerfully head Jason Demetriou's cross past Tătăruşanu.

Ilie Stan's side were not to be denied, though. Tănase was thwarted by Negri but from Pablo Brandán's corner Nikolić climbed highest to head Steaua back in front. He grabbed his second five minutes from time to wrap up his team's progress.

Last updated: 10/04/12 13.32CET

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Lineups

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Steaua

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AEK Larnaca

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
3
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
Substitution64
4
HoflandKevin Hofland (C)
4
IlievValentin Iliev
Yellow Card45+1
5
van DijkGregor van Dijk
Substitution72
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
7
LinssenEdwin Linssen
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
10
Gonzalo GarcíaGonzalo García
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution67
18
MurilloAnder Murillo
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
19
De ClerTim de Cler
Yellow Card86
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
20
DemetriouJason Demetriou
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Goal55
Substitution79
21
PrisoNjongo Priso
Yellow Card72
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card56
23
PintadoGorka Pintado
Yellow Card36
Goal61
Substitution76
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Goal70
Yellow Card71
Goal85
27
GómezRubén Gómez

Substitutes

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
14
FortinMarco Fortin (GK)
9
CosteaMihai Costea
6
DimechLuke Dimech
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Substitution64
8
SkopelitisIoannis Skopelitis
22
GalamazGeorge Galamaz
15
KastanasKostas Kastanas
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution79
29
MytidisNestor Mytidis
Substitution76
27
NăstăsieIonuţ Năstăsie
33
ProdromouMichael Prodromou
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution67
39
KingsleySunny Kingsley
Substitution72

Coach

Ilie Stan (ROU) Leon Vlemmings (NED)

Referee

Said Ennjimi (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Bartolomeu Varela (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Wilfried Bien (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)

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