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November 26, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Arena Naţională — Bucureşti
Referee:‬ B. Nijhuis‎
Attendance:‬ 50633‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Steaua Bucharest 0-0 Schalke

Both defenses impressed as the two teams played out a stalemate that both knocked the Romanian outfit of the Champions League and left the Germans needing a win against Basel.

By Sam Wells

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    First choice for Romania, the 27-year-old didn't actually have much to do, despite Schalke being the better team for the majority of the game. A quiet game for the goalkeeper but performed his duties adeptly when called upon.

  • Łukasz Szukala
    5
    1
    3.00

    Łukasz Szukala

    The 29-year-old Pole may have expected to face Boateng but came up against Szalai and dealt with the striker astutely, keeping him quiet for the majority of the night.

  • Florin Gardoş
    1
    2
    3.50

    Florin Gardoş

    The rangy defender was solid throughout and, despite a scare with a late challenge on Szalai, looked extremely composed, dealing with any threats Schalke posed with consummate ease.

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    0
    1
    3.00

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    The left back was engaged in a battle with Farfan for the majority of the night and, though he didn't manage to get forward all that regularly, he acquitted himself valiantly in the defensive battle.

  • Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu
    0
    1
    2.50

    Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu

    Preferred to the less experienced Stanciu in the role just behind the striker, Chipciu tried to make things happen but didn't enjoy a particularly successful night as Steaua created little in the way of clear-cut chances.

  • Cristian Tanase
    0
    1
    3.00

    Cristian Tanase

    Playing on the left wing, the Romania international didn't have a great impact on the game, though he could have provided the telling contribution, had Piovaccari converted his excellent cross in the dying minutes.

  • Andrei Prepelita
    0
    1
    3.00

    Andrei Prepelita

    Moved from his usual central midfield station to right back, the Romanian dealt admirably with the change in role, proving competent and assured, despite a testing opening 45 minutes.

  • Ionuţ Neagu
    0
    1
    3.00

    Ionuţ Neagu

    One of a few players who came into the side after their domestic draw at the weekend and didn't impress in the centre of the park. Was extremely quiet and was duly replaced at half-time.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    0
    1
    3.50

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    The Steaua captain, as is always the case, performed his defensive duties diligently and protected his defence adeptly. Was also a danger from set pieces and made the home side tick.

  • Adrian Popa I
    0
    1
    3.50

    Adrian Popa I

    The right winger came more and more into the game as it progressed, particularly impressing in the last 10 minutes as Steaua went on a late search for a goal. Will be disappointed he couldn't make a more telling contribution.

  • Federico Piovaccari
    1
    1
    3.50

    Federico Piovaccari

    The on-loan striker is Steaua's top scorer this season and he showed why. Although his finishing was profligate, he was a constant outlet upfront and extremely lively. Was particularly unlucky with his overhead kick in the first half.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Varela
    0
    1
    3.00

    Fernando Varela

    Came on at half-time and shored things up at the back for the home side. Was solid and performed his duties competently.

  • Ralf Fährmann
    2
    1
    3.50

    Ralf Fährmann Top of the Match

    Deputised for the injured Hildebrand and the 25-year-old performed capably when called upon. Despite a couple of tetchy moments, particularly towards the end of the game, he made several decent saves.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    3
    0
    3.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    The Schalke captain was his solid and dependable self at the back, as he marshalled a defence that, though occasionally tested by the Steaua attack, looked fairly comfortable throughout.

  • Felipe Santana
    5
    0
    2.50

    Felipe Santana

    The Brazilian centre-back came in for Joel Matip in the heart of the defence and, although not as impressive as his partner at the heart of the defence, never looked overly troubled by the opposing strikeforce.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    4
    0
    3.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    The Japan international was typically adventurous down the right and, although slightly quieter than usual, linked up well with Farfan on occasion and was solid defensively.

  • Christian Fuchs
    2
    2
    2.50

    Christian Fuchs Flop of the Match

    Replaced Draxler on the left wing and, although ordinarily a left back, impressed in that berth in the first half. Faded badly in the second, however, as he struggled to have any impact on the contest.

  • Max Meyer
    3
    1
    2.50

    Max Meyer

    Big things are expected from the 18-year-old German and, despite cementing his place in the Schalke starting 11 this season, the prodigy was quiet. Showed flashes of his ability with nice touches but didn't have any tangible impact.

  • Jermaine Jones
    4
    0
    3.00

    Jermaine Jones

    Was his usual tenacious self and protected the defence resolutely, often dropping in between the centre-backs and allowing the full backs to burst forward - a key part of Schalke's game.

  • Dennis Aogo
    3
    0
    3.00

    Dennis Aogo

    Moved to left back after playing in centre midfield for their 3-3 draw against Frankfurt and performed well. Got forward regularly and did particularly sterling work in the first half, though he, like Fuchs, faded in the second.

  • Jefferson Agustin Farfán
    3
    0
    3.00

    Jefferson Agustin Farfán

    Having missed half of the group stages with a groin injury, the Peru international was back and looked intermittently dangerous. Was unlucky not to have an assist to his name after Fuchs' goal was ruled out and threatened on occasion.

  • Roman Neustädter
    3
    0
    3.00

    Roman Neustädter

    Held down the fort in central midfield alongside Jones but struggled when required to come out and play. Booked for a cynical challenge on Popa. Was, however, a potent threat aerially at set-pieces.

  • Adam Szalai
    2
    1
    2.50

    Adam Szalai

    The striker came in for Boateng up top and, though they were big boots to fill, he will be disappointed that he couldn't do a better job filling them. Had very little impact on the contest.

Substitutions

  • Julian Draxler
    1
    0

    Julian Draxler

    Unable to shine in the 16 minutes he was afforded.

  • Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi
    1
    0

    Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi

    Saw just two minutes of action right at the death.

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