UEFA Champions League: Freak goal helps Schalke see off Steaua Bucharest

The Royal Blues were enduring a frustrating night until right-back Uchida floated in a harmless cross. The ball was too long for Boateng, but Steaua centre-back Lukasz Szukala failed to clear the danger and watched in despair as the ball flew over his head and past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

updated: September 19, 2013 09:25 IST
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Gelsenkirchen, Germany: A freak goal by Japan defender Atsuto Uchida helped Schalke 04 make a winning start in their Champions League campaign Wednesday in their 3-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest.

The Romanian champions held out for more than an hour until Uchida's curious goal broke the deadlock on 67 minutes before Kevin-Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler also netted for Schalke.

"That was a lucky goal, but sometimes you need something like that," said Schalke coach Jens Keller.

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