steaua: martin tudor (gk), florentin dumitru (dk. 69 gabriel boştină), mirel rădoi (c), dorinel munteanu (dk. 74 florin lovin), nicolae dică, petre marin, daniel oprita, george ogăraru, sorin paraschiv, sorin ghionea, adrian neaga (dk. 61 andrei cristea)
yedekler: vasili khomutovski (gk), mihai neşu, eugen baciu, cristian ciocoiu
budel brilliance lifts parma published: thursday 4 november 2004, 21.54cet parma fc 1-0 fc steaua bucuresti alessandro budel's goal gives parma a vital group b victory.
by paolo menicucci at the ennio tardini
alessandro budel's goal ten minutes from time was enough to give parma fc a vital victory against walter zenga's fc steaua bucuresti and move them level with the romanian side in uefa cup group b.
powerful effort parma dominated large periods of the game and could have broken the deadlock through massimo maccarone, the striker fully recovered from his knee problem, before budel came to their rescue. the midfield player latched on to marco marchionni's pass to beat steaua goalkeeper martin tudor with a powerful left-footed effort.
squad rotation with his side struggling in serie a, parma coach silvio baldini ensured alberto gilardino, daniele bonera and domenico morfeo were all rested while marchionni, sébastien frey and mark bresciano started on the bench.
early scare the visitors were still without defender tiberiu curt and they nearly found themselves a goal behind after just three minutes. sorin ghionea sent an errant back-pass into the path of a charging maccarone but tudor did well to rush out and block.
radoi resistance four minutes later maccarone went close with a right-footed shot that tudor deflected wide for a corner then steaua captain mirel radoi denied compatriot ianis zicu with a superb sliding tackle after alessandro rosina's low cross.
maccarone chances daniel oprita headed wide at the other end but the game's biggest threat was maccarone, who drew a fine diving save from tudor with a 25-metre strike then headed fractionally wide just before half-time.
budel heroics gianluca berti was forced into a difficult save to deny steaua's nicolae dica and as the second half wore on it appeared his side would have to make do with a point, but budel had other ideas. parma next visit r. standard de liège while steaua welcome besiktas jk to romania.