Steaua Bucharest held rival Rapid Bucharest to a 1-1 tie Thursday March 31, 2006 in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarterfinals. The yesterday match was the first all-Romania game in European club competition.
Banel Nicolita scored for Steaua in the fifth minute, stroking the ball into the net off a pass from Daniel Oprita. Viorel Moldovan tied it in the 50th, tapping in a loose ball after Steaua goalkeeper Carlos Alberto Fernandes failed to hold on to a shot from Emil Dica.
Rapid and Steaua have a nasty history, with rival fans clashing in recent years, but there was no major trouble reported from the stadium.
Steaua Bucharest, the 1986 European Champions Cup winner, would advance to the UEFA Cup semifinals if it holds Rapid to a 0-0 tie in the second leg next Thursday