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Steaua Stadium (ATT 50,000) 4th October 2012 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: Antonio Damato

S Bucuresti FC Steaua Bucuresti vs FC Copenhagen FC Cop'hagen

S Bucuresti 1

S Nikolic (83)

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FC Cop'hagen 0

Late Steaua strike sinks Danes

Substitute heads home to extend unbeaten run for Romanian side

Last Updated: 04/10/12 10:41pm

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Kris Stadsgaard and Adi Sobrinho battle for possession

Kris Stadsgaard and Adi Sobrinho battle for possession

Stefan Nikolic earned Steaua Bucharest their first win in Group E as they beat FC Copenhagen in the Europa League tie in Bucharest.

The substitute striker headed the Romanian side ahead in the 83rd minute in a game lacking any other real clear cut chances to extend his side's unbeaten run in group stage home games to eight - four wins and four draws.

Steaua had the first chance of the match when Cristian Tanase forced a comfortable save from Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland in the eighth minute.

It turned out to be a rare moment of attacking football in the first half, with the next best attempt on the half hour mark when Tanase fired wide from Alexandru Bourceanu's inswinging corner.

Bourceanu forced a clearance from Ragnar Sigurdsson five minutes before the break in an evenly matched half with few real signs of flair.

After the break, both sides upped their efforts with each goalkeeper tested several times.

First Copenhagen keeper Wiland caught Stefan Nikolic's shot before his opposite number Ciprian Tatarusanu was called into action moments later, punching Pierre Bengtsson's inswinging corner to safety.

Steaua's Alexandru Chipciu's 20-yard shot was then comfortably saved by Wiland before Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius saw Tatarusanu catch his effort from the edge of the 18-yard box.

However, it fell to Nikolic, who was introduced from the bench at half time, to make the breakthrough with a header from the middle of the area as the clock ticked down.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 6 12
2 Villarreal 6 11
3 FC Zurich 6 7
4 Apollon Limassol 6 3

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 6 12
2 Torino 6 11
3 HJK Helsinki 6 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 4

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 6 12
2 Tottenham Hotspur 6 11
3 Asteras Tripoli 6 6
4 Partizan Belgrade 6 2

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 16
2 Celtic 6 8
3 Dinamo Zagreb 6 6
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 6 4

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 6 18
2 PSV Eindhoven 6 8
3 Estoril 6 5
4 Panathinaikos 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 6 12
2 Dnipro 6 7
3 Karabakh-Azersun 6 6
4 St Etienne 6 5

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 6 12
2 Sevilla 6 11
3 Rijeka 6 7
4 Standard Liege 6 4

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 6 11
2 Wolfsburg 6 10
3 Krasnodar 6 6
4 Lille 6 4

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 6 13
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 6 12
3 Sparta Prague 6 10
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 6 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Kiev 6 15
2 Aalborg BK 6 9
3 FC Steaua Bucuresti 6 7
4 Rio Ave 6 4

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 13
2 Guingamp 6 10
3 PAOK Salonika 6 7
4 Dinamo Minsk 6 4

Europa League Group L

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 6 15
2 Trabzonspor 6 10
3 Lokeren SNW 6 10
4 Metalist Kharkiv 6 0

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