Zambia international striker JACOB MULENGA of FC Utrecht gets his foot stuck in with FC Steaua Bucharest’s Portuguese defender GERALDO ALVES (23), the off-season addition to the Romanian team from Greek club AEK Athens, at the Stadion Galgenwaard in the Netherlands. (Olaf Kraak/Reuters)
UEFA Europa League
1 – FC Utrecht (HOL) ———————– Duplan 60′
1 – FC Steaua Bucharest (ROM) ——— own goal 75′
A late own goal a quarter hour from full time denied the hosts full points as FC UTRECHT tied visiting Romanian side FC STEAUA BUCHAREST 1-1 in Group K of the UEFA Europa League.
FC Utrecht, who put eight shots on target for the game as compared to just three for the one-time Romanian Army club who captured the 1986 European Cup title, might have taken the lead as early as the 26th minute but the fierce shot of 32-year-old veteran defender TIM CORNELISSE from the right flank crashed off the bar.
On the hour mark, FC Utrecht finally scored their first goal in 240 minutes of play at the group stage of the UEFA Champions League; after a scramble at the top of the penatly arc, the ball found itself on the foot of French winger EDOUARD DUPLAN and the mid-August arrival from Sparta Rotterdam promptly curled a shot in off the right post for his first career goal in Europe.
However, with just fifteen minutes to go in the match, FC Utrecht conceded its first goal in exactly 400 minutes of play in the UEFA Champions League this season when 29-year-old defender ALJE SCHUT inadvertantly headed a Steaua Bucharest free kick into his own net to equalize.
Ironically enough, just two minutes earlier, Schut could have sealed the deal for FC Utrecht but headed a corner kick over the bar at the other end.
Former Romania U-21 international defender FLORIN GARDOS of FC Steaua Bucharest is doubled-teamed by the FC Utrecht midfield tandem of 20-year-old GIANLUCA NIJHOLT (27) and Denmark international MICHAEL SILBERBAUER (8), the Dutch side’s skipper, at the Stadion Galgenwaard. (Olaf Kraak/Reuters)
FC UTRECHT : Vorm ; Cornelisse, Schut, Nesu ; Duplan, Silberbauer, Nijholt (Vostermans 80′), Mertens ; Duplan, Mulenga, van Wolfswinkel
FC STEAUA BUCHAREST : Tatarusanu ; Eder, Gardos, Alves, Latovievici ; Nicolita, Angelov (Radut 66′), Ricardo, Tanase ; Surdu (Szekely 76′), Stancu
24-year-old FC Steaua Bucharest goalkeeper CIPRIAN TATARUSANU makes a one-handed save with a clenched fist in front of a seated FC Utrecht’s Zambia international striker JACOB MULENGA (24); watching are FC Steaua Bucharest’s Romania international midfielder BANEL NICOLITA (16) as well as the FC Utrecht pair of defender ISMO VOSTERMANS (25) and French winger EDOUARD DUPLAN (7) at the Stadion Galgenwaard in the Netherlands. (Olaf Kraak/Reuters)