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May 16, 2021

Champions league: Steaua silence Vardar in Skopje

FC Steaua Bucuresti set up a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round meeting with FC Dinamo Tbilisi with a minimum of fuss, overcoming FK Vardar 2-1 in Skopje on Tuesday evening after the 3-0 victory at home one week ago, uefa.com reports.
Steaua showed no sign of losing their grip on the tie, with goals from Federico Piovaccari and Captain Alexandru Bourceanu wrapping up victory, though Jovan Kostovski’s header on the stroke of half-time gave the home fans in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia something to celebrate.
Piovaccari, who played all the 45 minutes of the first half, fired just over on the half-volley early on but any faults on his range-finder had been fixed by the 23rd minute when he gave Steaua the lead, tucking the ball away from close range after a great ball from Nicolae Stanciu. The Italian striker would have doubled his tally inside half an hour had Vardar goalkeeper Igor Pavlovic not got behind his shot from ten metres.
“Piovaccari needs more time to get his maximum capacity. Rusescu, a very important player for us left for Sevilla and now Piovaccari must take his place, he needs to optimize his shape (…) At this moment Dinamo Tbilisi is a big unknown for me but anyway it will be totally different compared to Vardar. We continue the preparations to get in the maximum shape at the time of the game”, Steaua’s coach Laurentiu Reghecampf told Digisport after the game.
Also on Tuesday, in Feroae Islands, Dinamo Tbilisi defeated EB/Streymur 3-1 (agg: 2-9).
Steaua will play the first leg of the third qualifying round in Georgia, on July 30-th. The second leg is expected in August 6-th in Bucharest.
Vlad Chiriches, who did not played in Skopje, is expected to play against Dinamo Tbilisi, as Steaua managerial team said his transfer to AS Roma will have to wait until Steaua will be qualified in the Champions League groups.
Steaua gets over Euro 4.4 M from UEFA
The 56 clubs that participated in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League campaign received payments worth more than EUR 200 M as a result of UEFA’s revenue distribution system, uefa.com announced on Tuesday. Steaua Bucharest will get EUR 4,366,707 (1.3 M for the presence in the groups, EUR 800,000 for the results: 3 victories, 2 draws, one defeat), EUR 400,000 bonus for the first place in the group, EUR 200,000 for qualifying in the last 32; EUR 350,000 for qualifying in the last 16, EUR 1.3 M “market pool”. But the big money goes to CFR Cluj, who represented Romania in the last season of the Champions League. CFR received no less than EUR 17 M for its performances. CFR ended in the third place of its group, after Man United and Galatasaray, but in front of Sporting Braga.

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