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Steaua sneak first-leg advantage
Published : 07 Mar 2013 20:17:29
Rafael Benitez's Chelsea suffered a lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Steaua Bucharest in their Europa League last-16 first-leg clash at the National Arena.
In the first of two games in four days and the Blues' 50th game of a turbulent season, last season's Champions League winners went behind after 34 minutes when Ryan Bertrand was penalised for pulling back Raul Rusescu, who converted the spot-kick.
Just like Sunday's opponents Manchester United, Chelsea warmed up for the FA Cup quarter-final with a European defeat, but at least their rivals were defeated by Real Madrid. The result in the Romanian capital will only serve to increase the pressure on interim manager Benitez.