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John gem gives Twente edge at Steaua

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 23.00CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-1 FC Twente
Ola John's splendid lob eight minutes into the second half earned Steve McClaren's team a slender advantage to take back to Enschede.
John gem gives Twente edge at Steaua
Ola John (centre) is congratulated on his fine goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaTwente

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners5
 
4
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 23.00CET

John gem gives Twente edge at Steaua

FC Steaua Bucureşti 0-1 FC Twente
Ola John's splendid lob eight minutes into the second half earned Steve McClaren's team a slender advantage to take back to Enschede.

FC Twente are in pole position in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie against FC Steaua Bucureşti after a 1-0 win in the Romanian capital.

Both teams will be hoping to return to the National Arena for the 9 May final, but it is Steaua who have added incentive to reach a home showpiece. They have work to do in Enschede next week, though, after succumbing to Ola John's wonderful goal early in the second half.

Buoyed on by coach Ilie Stan's assertion that this could be a season-defining tie, Steaua took charge of the opening period without ever grabbing it by the scruff of the neck. Raul Rusescu looked their most assertive influence, shooting narrowly wide on 14 minutes before turning creator for Leandro Tatu, who shimmied into space but missed the target.

There were similar half-chances prior to the interval, before which the visitors had carved out more presentable openings of their own. Luuk de Jong's miscue was the clearest of all, but Nacer Chadli might also have shown more composure when Leroy Fer's cross located him at the back post.

Neither side looked capable of possessing sufficient cutting edge in areas of danger and, with incision so eminently in short supply, it required either error or inspiration to break the deadlock. John's goal had both bundled into one, the No24 seizing on a lax pass before unleashing a splendidly stylish lob which crept over Ciprian Tătăruşanu and narrowly inside the frame of his goal.

Deflated by that moment of magic, it was not until Tatu flashed a 70th-minute shot wide that Steaua were roused from their second-half slumber. Novak Martinović chanced his arm from range, Geraldo Alves glanced a header wide and Mihai Costea bent a shot just over thereafter, but Twente clung on.

Last updated: 18/02/12 0.24CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

twente

Twente

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK) (C)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
10
TănaseCristian Tănase
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution66
6
BramaWout Brama
20
DãnãnaeOvidiu Dãnãnae
Yellow Card16
Substitution46
8
FerLeroy Fer
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
Substitution85
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Yellow Card90+3
19
DouglasDouglas
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution90
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution75
24
JohnOla John
Goal53
Substitution75

Substitutes

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
4
IlievValentin Iliev
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
Substitution85
8
RăduţMihai Răduţ
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution75
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution75
18
LeugersThilo Leugers
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
23
BuysseBart Buysse
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Substitution46
Yellow Card55
29
PletGlynor Plet
Substitution90
29
F. CosteaFlorin Costea
Substitution66
31
RöselerNils Röseler

Coach

Ilie Stan (ROU) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Jones (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

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