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Steaua's Rusescu makes Chelsea pay penalty

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 21.09CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 Chelsea FC
Raul Rusescu's penalty gave the Romanian league leaders an advantage to defend in west London when this round of 16 tie concludes next week.
by Trevor Haylett
from National Arena, Bucharest

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Match statistics

SteauaChelsea

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners4
 
5
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed15
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 21.09CET

Steaua's Rusescu makes Chelsea pay penalty

FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 Chelsea FC
Raul Rusescu's penalty gave the Romanian league leaders an advantage to defend in west London when this round of 16 tie concludes next week.

FC Steaua Bucureşti will defend a narrow advantage at Stamford Bridge in a week's time after Raul Rusescu's first-half penalty and a wholehearted performance put the 2012 UEFA Champions League winners on the back foot in Bucharest.

Rusescu drilled home a 34th-minute spot kick after he had been impeded by Ryan Bertrand while attempting a header from Iasmin Latovlevici's clever cross. The 24-year-old deserved that reward for an imposing display of muscular centre-forward prowess, his partnership with Alexandru Chipciu giving John Terry and David Luiz little respite in this round of 16 opener.

Backed by a passionate crowd, Steaua were at the London side's throats from the first whistle, contesting every ball. Hunting in packs, they did not allow Chelsea time to find any fluidity and consequently enjoyed the better of the first half. Indeed, a shooting chance fell Mihai Doru Pintilii's way as early as the sixth minute, but the angle was against him. When Chelsea responded, Branislav Ivanović headed wide from a Frank Lampard corner.

With Pintilii buzzing impressively in the central acres and Latovlevici ever-ready to add power and speed down the left, there was much to keep the home fans on the edge of their seats. They were good value for their breakthrough goal, yet it was so nearly cancelled out within two minutes when Yossi Benayoun swapped passes with Eden Hazard. The Israeli midfielder's shot was scuffed and Ciprian Tătăruşanu was able to make the stop.

Chelsea fought hard to try and restore parity ahead of the second leg. That invited Steaua to hit them on the counter and Cristian Tănase was not far wide on the volley. At the other end, an incisive pass found Fernando Torres well-placed inside the penalty area, but instead of going for goal he tried to lay the ball off to a colleague. Towards the finish, Marko Marin demanded a save from Tătăruşanu, while Luiz flashed a free-kick just too high.

Last updated: 09/03/13 0.06CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

chelsea

Chelsea

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Yellow Card50
Substitution58
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
8
LampardFrank Lampard
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution82
9
TorresFernando Torres
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
11
OscarOscar
16
RâpăCornel Râpă
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card66
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
Substitution75
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Goal34
Substitution90+2
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution64
77
PopaAdrian Popa
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Yellow Card34

Substitutes

1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Substitution90+2
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
8
FilipLucian Filip
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution64
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution58
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution82
21
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution75
80
IancuGabriel Iancu
24
CahillGary Cahill
99
Adi SobrinhoAdi Sobrinho
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta

Coach

Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Nikolai Golubev (RUS)

Fourth official

Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Maksim Layushkin (RUS), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

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