Champions League qualifiers: Steaua through to playoff, Astra defeated


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Steaua Bucharest has qualified for the play-off of the Champions League on Wednesday night, by defeating Sparta Prague 2-0 (1-0) in Bucharest, in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the competition.

Nicolae Stanciu scored two goals (31st, 62nd minutes) after the 1-1 match in Prague and thus ensured Steaua’s presence at least in the Europa League in case they are knocked out from the Champions League play-off.


Steaua: 1. Florin Nita — 44. Gabriel Enache, 4. Gabriel Tamas, 13. Alin Tosca, 15. Marko Momcilovic — 6. Mihai Pintilii (captain), 20. Vlad Achim (11. Muniru Sulley, 64th min.) — 77. Adrian Popa, 10. Nicolae Stanciu (19. Adnan Aganovic, 81st min.), 5. Jugurtha Hamroun — 14. Bojan Golubovic (9. Alexandru Tudorie, 89th min.). Coach: Laurentiu Reghecampf.

Sparta: 35. David Bicik — 5. Jakub Brabec, 26. Costa, 3. Michal Kadlec — 6. Lukas Vacha — 28. Ondrej Zahustel, 14. Martin Frydek, 9. Borek Dockal, 18. Tiémoko Konaté — 23. Josef Sural (30. Lukas Julis, 65th min.), 21. David Lafata (captain; 11. Lukas Marecek, 84th min.). Coach: Zdenek Scasny.

In Copenhagen, Romanian team Astra Giurgiu was defeated in the in the second leg of the third qualifying round of Champions League 3-0 by FC Copenhagen and failed to reach the playoff.

Goals were scored by Andreas Cornelius (14th min. and 45+2 min.) and Federico Santander (34th min.). In the first round in Bucharest the score was 1-1.

Astra will play in the Europa League playoff.


FC Copenhagen: 31. Robin Olsen — 22. Peter Ankersen, 5. Erik Johansson, 25. Mathias Joergensen, 3. Ludwig Augustinsson — 7. Benjamin Verbic, 8. Thomas Delaney (captain), 6. William Kvist, 33. Rasmus Falk (24. Youssef Toutouh, 70th min.) — 19. Federico Santander (17. Kasper Kusk, 83rd min.), 11. Andreas Cornelius (23 Andrija Pavlovic, 61st min.) Coach: Staale Solbakken.

Astra: 1. Silviu Lung jr — 22. Cristian Săpunaru (8. Takayuki Seto, 76th min.), 2. Geraldo Alves, 4. Fabricio, 13. Junior Morais (captain) — 77. Alexandru Stan, 20. Florin Lovin — 24. Damien Boudjemaa (91. William de Amorim, 57th min.), 23. Fernando Boldrin, 80. Filipe Teixeira — 21. Daniel Niculae (11. Dabniel Florea, 76th min.). Coach: Cristian Petre.

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