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Steaua misses out on Champions’ League play-offs

Romania’s champion, Steaua Bucharest, has hit the end of the road in its Champions’ League path for 2015-2016, being defeated away by Serbian team Partizan Belgrade by 4-2 (1-1), on Wednesday evening, during the second leg of the third qualifying round of the most important inter-club competition in Europe, Agerpres informs.

The match was played to a hellish atmosphere created by the nearly 30,000 spectators present on Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, in contrast to the stark Bucharest leg that saw the match being played behind closed doors and ending in a 1-1 tie.

Partizan was first to put one in the net, in the 8th minute, through captain Stefan Babovic, yet the Bucharest side returned the favor three minutes later through Sulley Muniru, who managed to defeat goalkeeper Zivkovic with a shot from inside the box.

The Romanian champions took the lead through the efforts of Algerian player Hamroun who managed to defeat Zivkovic, following a cross from Adi Popa, and was sitting comfortably at 2-1 in the 33rd minute.

Partizan, however, started the second half in force and barely missed leveling the scoreboard when Bojinov missed a penalty shot in the 48th minute. The offending player, Varela, Steaua’s captain, was sent off for the foul on Petrovic that spurred the penalty, and thus the end began.

The hosts took advantage of the numerical advantage and upped the pressure on Steaua’s goal, managing to put two in a 9-minute interval, first through Marko Jevtovic (60) and then through Andrija Zivkovic (69).

The Serbian champion ended the suspense in the match’s overtime, when it scored, for a fourth time, through substitute Nikola Trujic.

Thanks to their success, Partizan will go on to the Champions’ League play-off, while Steaua will go on to the play-offs of the Europa League.

FK Partizan Belgrad – FC Steaua Bucharest 4-2 (1-2)

Goal scorers: Stefan Babovic (8), Marko Jevtovic (60), Andrija Zivkovic (69), Nikola Trujic (90+1), and for Steaua Sulley Muniru (11), Jugurtha Hamroun (33).

Belgrade, Partizan Stadium, Attendance: 30,000

Champions League – Third qualifying round (second leg)

Teams:

Partizan: 1. Zivko Zivkovic – 4. Miroslav Vulicevic, 6. Gregor Balazic, 44. Fabricio, 5. Nemanja Petrovic – 21. Marko Jevtovic – 8. Darko Brasanac, 10. Stefan Babovic (captain, 92. Nikola Trujic, min.90) – 15. Abubakar Oumarou, 86. Valeri Bojinov, (22. Sasa Ilic, min.60), 17. Andrija Zivkovic. Coach: Zoran Milinkovic.

Unused substitutes: 12. Filip Kljajic – 13. Lazar Cirkovic, 23. Miroslav Bogosavac, 92. Nikola Trujic, 11. Nikola Ninkovic, 33. Ivan Saponjic.

Steaua: 12. Valentin Cojocaru – 22. Jean Sony Alcenat, 6. Paul Papp, 33. Fernando Varela (captain), 13. Alin Tosca – 11. Muniru Sulley, 21. Nicandro Breeveld (17. Alexandru Tudorie, min.72) – 77. Adrian Popa, 14. Jugurtha Hamroun (80. Gabriel Iancu, min.70) 7. Alexandru Chipciu (16. Guilherme, min.51) – 15. Gregory Tade. Coach: Mirel Radoi.

Unused substitutes: 1. Florin Nita – 2. Cornel Rapa, 23. Aymen Tahar, 8. Lucian Filip.

Referee: Istvan Vad; Assistants: Peter Berettyan, Laszlo Viszokai; Fourth official: Sandor Szabo (delegation from Hungary).

UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (England); UEFA referee observer: Luciano Luci (Italy).

Yellow cards: Alcenat (54), Hamourn (56), Guilherme (57), Breeveld (61), Trujic (90+2), Babovic (90+3)

Red cards: Varela (48)

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