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Jarolím hails historic triumph

After winning their first ever game in the UEFA Champions League group stage, SK Slavia Praha coach Karel Jarolím said the club had "wanted this for a long time".

Tuani Belaid ghosts between two Steaua defenders
Tuani Belaid ghosts between two Steaua defenders ©Getty Images

SK Slavia Praha coach Karel Jarolím was delighted his side overcame early nerves in their first ever UEFA Champions League group game to record a historic victory in front of a partisan crowd. Zdeněk Šenkeřík gave Slavia an early lead and although Dorin Goian equalised for FC Steaua Bucareşti, Tuani Belaid's second-half winner completed a dream evening for the Czech side.

Karel Jarolím, Slavia coach
We were pretty nervous in the first half. Our performance was a little timid, we sat back and made errors, and Nicolae Dică had a lot of space. Two substitutions due to injuries made matters worse. However, we improved after the restart and could even have increased our advantage. I was more relaxed than in the qualifying games against [AFC] Ajax, as we fulfilled our dreams by advancing to the group stage; we can enjoy it now. We are thinking about third spot but we want to perform well against all our opponents. The fans were fantastic today and helped us win. We have all wanted this for a long time.

Gheorghe Hagi, Steaua coach
Every game in the Champions League is very hard and even small mistakes are costly. We played well and perhaps deserved more but the home side were luckier and scored two goals from two chances. I am satisfied with our performance with the exception of the last 20 minutes. We have other games ahead so nothing is over.