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Latovlevici shines as Steaua beat Ajax on penalties

Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.50CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 2-0 AFC Ajax (agg: 2-2, Steaua win 4-2 on pens)
Iasmin Latovlevici opened the scoring and converted the winning penalty as the hosts clinched a memorable win in Bucharest.
Latovlevici shines as Steaua beat Ajax on penalties
Vlad Chiricheş celebrates his stunning second-half strike ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

SteauaAjax

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners9
 
8
Offsides10
 
3
Fouls committed13
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.50CET

Latovlevici shines as Steaua beat Ajax on penalties

FC Steaua Bucureşti 2-0 AFC Ajax (agg: 2-2, Steaua win 4-2 on pens)
Iasmin Latovlevici opened the scoring and converted the winning penalty as the hosts clinched a memorable win in Bucharest.

FC Steaua Bucureşti cancelled out a two-goal first-leg deficit to triumph 2-0 on the night, before outwitting AFC Ajax in the first penalty shoot-out witnessed in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.

Long before the spot-kick drama, though, the game had burst into life when Iasmin Latovlevici scored after 38 minutes, before Vlad Chiricheş' stunning second-half strike prolonged events for a further half an hour. Still, this round of 32 tie remained locked at 2-2, and after Lasse Schøne and Niklas Moisander spurned their penalties, Latovlevici kept his composure for a second time to set up a last-16 encounter with Chelsea FC. 

Frank de Boer's side seized the initiative in the opening exchanges, dictating possession with metronomic consistency. Effervescent midfielder Viktor Fischer led the charge, his penchant for cutting inside almost paying dividends when a left-footed effort fizzed past a post. However, their grip on proceedings, almost vice-like, evaporated in the blink of an eye in the Romanian capital.

Peeling into space off the shoulder of Ricardo van Rhijn, rampaging full-back Latovlevici watched the ball sail over his marker and delicately lifted it past the onrushing Kenneth Vermeer. Undeterred, the Amsterdam outfit stuck vehemently to a short, sharp passing game, while Laurenţiu Reghecampf's men countered at dizzying pace.

Steaua came within a post's width of justifying their approach shortly after the restart, Adrian Popa's thumping strike bouncing back off the woodwork, while Fischer crashed a shot narrowly wide for the visitors. The atmosphere inside Bucharest's National Stadium was simmering and it boiled over when Chiricheş rifled a venomous half-volley in off the underside of the bar to force extra time. 

From then on, Ajax looked the more likely to prevail with schemer Christian Eriksen crossing for Moisander, who headed centimetres wide. The Finland defender would leave his most harrowing miss for the ensuing shoot-out, however, as his team's dream of a place in the Amsterdam ArenA final on 15 May was cruelly ended.

Last updated: 23/02/13 0.07CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

ajax

Ajax

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Yellow Card7
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
4
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
10
TănaseCristian Tănase (C)
Substitution66
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Yellow Card115 ET
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Yellow Card41
Substitution46
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Yellow Card33
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Goal38
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution71
16
RâpăCornel Râpă
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong (C)
Yellow Card97 ET
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution77
17
BlindDaley Blind
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
Goal76
24
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
28
Isaac CuencaIsaac Cuenca
Substitution70
77
PopaAdrian Popa
39
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution82

Substitutes

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution71
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution46
Yellow Card73
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution70
9
CosteaMihai Costea
25
SereroThulani Serero
Substitution82
22
PîrvulescuPaul Pîrvulescu
Substitution77
27
LukokiJody Lukoki
90
NikolićStefan Nikolić
Substitution66
33
VeltmanJoël Veltman
99
Adi SobrinhoAdi Sobrinho
35
DijksMitchell Dijks

Coach

Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU) Frank de Boer (NED)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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