FC Steaua Bucharest 3 – FC Utrecht 1


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Belgium winger DRIES MERTENS (11) of FC Utrecht, who scored his third goal of this season’s UEFA Europa League competition in the match, is brought down by FC Steaua Bucharest’s Serbian defender NOVAK MARTINOVIC at the Stadionul Steaua in the capital city of Romania. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
11/4/2010

3 – FC Steaua Bucharest (ROM) —— Gardos 29′, Stancu 52′, 53′
1 – FC Utrecht (HOL) ———————- Mertens 33′

Two goals inside of sixty seconds within the opening ten minutes of the second half from Romania international striker BOGDAN STANCU sparked FC STEAUA BUCHAREST to a pivotal 3-1 defeat of visiting Dutch side FC UTRECHT in Group K of the UEFA Europa League.

Shortly before the half hour mark, controversy arrived when FC Utrecht’s Holland World Cup reserve goalkeeper MICHEL VORM carried the header of FC Steaua Bucharest defender FLORIN GARDOS over the goalline after a scramble in front following a corner kick.

The match referee, STANISLAV SUKHINA of Russia, awarded the goal and was proven by television replay to have made the correct call.

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The match between visiting Dutch side FC Utrecht and Romanian host FC Steau Bucharest is halted briefly by the referee after a flare was tossed onto the pitch at the Stadionul Steaua. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stancu’s second half brace bankrolled the victory that vaulted FC Steaua Bucharest from bottom of Group K up into second place with five points from four matches; with their first loss at the group stage, FC Utrecht plummet to last in the group on three points.

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Romania international midfielder BANEL NICOLITA of FC Steaua Bucharest shoots past the attempted block of FC Utrecht’s Romania international defender MIHAI NESU, who spent eight seasons with FC Steaua Bucharest before transferring to to the Dutch Eredivisie in August of 2008, as the home side’s Serbian defender NOVAK MARTINOVIC (18) observes at the Stadionul Steaua. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)
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FC STEAU BUCHAREST : Tatarusanu ; Martinovic, Gardos, Alves, Latovievici ; Nicolita, Apostol (Bifalvi 46′), Ricardo, Tanase (Szekely 83′) ; Surdu (Angelov 88′), Stancu

FC UTRECHT : Vorm ; Cornelisse, Schut, Wuytens, Nesu ; Duplan (Danso 76′), Silberbauer, Lensky, Mertens ; van Wolfswinkel, Demouge (de Kogel 82′)

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FC Steaua Bucharest’s Brazilian midfielder RICARDO VILANA GOMES, an off-season acquisition from Romanian side FC Unirea Urziceni, fends off the challenge of FC Utrecht striker FRANK DEMOUGE (12), the transfer deadline signing from Willem II Tilburg, at the Stadionul Steaua. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)
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FC Steaua Bucharest players appeal to the match referee in the 29th minute after FC Utrecht’s Holland World Cup reserve goalkeeper MICHEL VORM appeared to carry the ball over the goal line after stopping the header of former Romania U-21 international defender FLORIN GARDOS at the Stadionul Steaua in the national capital of Romania. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)
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