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Twente end Steaua's dream of home final

Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 21.00CET
FC Twente 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 2-0)
A piece of 29th-minute opportunism finished off by Nacer Chadli confirmed Twente's progress and ended the visitors' hopes of a home final.
Twente end Steaua's dream of home final
Nacer Chadli celebrates with his Twente team-mates after scoring the goal which ended Steaua's hopes ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TwenteSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 21.00CET

Twente end Steaua's dream of home final

FC Twente 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 2-0)
A piece of 29th-minute opportunism finished off by Nacer Chadli confirmed Twente's progress and ended the visitors' hopes of a home final.

There will be no home final for FC Steaua Bucureşti after a 1-0 defeat at FC Twente condemned them to a 2-0 aggregate loss in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie.

Ola John did the damage last week at the National Arena, venue for the 9 May showpiece, leaving Steaua facing an uphill task in Enschede. That became a mountainous challenge just before the half-hour, however, Nacer Chadli making the most of an ill-timed slip from visiting keeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu.

Without a European away win in 11 attempts, Steaua looked to have the air of a team unaccustomed with seizing the initiative. It was little surprise the hosts' superiority on the ball soon started to tell, though it was a slice of fortune rather than a moment of brilliance akin to John's in the first leg which broke the deadlock on this occasion. Tătăruşanu lost his footing as he went to control a back pass and Luuk de Jong pounced before squaring to Chadli, who calmly rolled into the unguarded net.

Ilie Stan's side suddenly needed two without reply but, a handful of harmless shots aside, scarcely looked like getting one. Twente remained far more threatening, De Jong volleying over on the turn having controlled adroitly on his chest. Willem Jansen's effort was well parried by Tătăruşanu, while De Jong's low strike was also kept out after a splendid passing move orchestrated by Chadli.

Nikolay Mihaylov did eventually have to be on his toes with 12 minutes left, using a combination of legs and arms to deny Stefan Nikolić, who had managed a rare break behind the Twente defence. Bucharest still beckons for Steve McClaren's men, who face FC Schalke 04 next.

Last updated: 25/02/12 0.09CET

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Lineups

twente

Twente

steaua

Steaua

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
5
BrandánPablo Brandán
Substitution75
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
6
BramaWout Brama
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution46
8
FerLeroy Fer
Yellow Card33
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Substitution90+1
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
Substitution85
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
Yellow Card45
19
DouglasDouglas
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Goal29
Yellow Card32
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card56
24
JohnOla John
Substitution54
77
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Yellow Card56
Substitution62

Substitutes

1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
Substitution85
4
IlievValentin Iliev
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution54
9
CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution75
18
LeugersThilo Leugers
20
DãnãnaeOvidiu Dãnãnae
20
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
29
PletGlynor Plet
Substitution90+1
29
F. CosteaFlorin Costea
Substitution46
31
RöselerNils Röseler
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution62

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Ilie Stan (ROU)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Armin Eder (AUT)

Fourth official

Alexander Harkam (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Rene Eisner (AUT), Thomas Gangl (AUT)

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