Adrian Mutu scores a screamer in historic Europa League win

Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu has scored a stunner to send Romanian minnows Petrolul Ploiesti into the next round of the Europa League.

Last week we brought you news of Adrian Mutu, the former Chelsea striker, scoring a vital goal in the Europa League qualifying stages.

The Romanian star cost Chelsea a fee in the region of €22.5 million back in August 2003. After scoring four goals in his opening three matches he went on to struggle for form.

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho his Chelsea career looked in jeopardy - the two publicly falling out in 2004. Then he failed a drugs test for cocaine and was banned for seven months, not before being released by the club.

He then headed for the relative haven of Italy - playing for Juventus, Cesena and most memorably Fiorentina - where he managed to fail another drugs test.

After a stint in France with Ajaccio the now-veteran 35-year-old striker went back to Romania, joining Petrolul Ploiesti on an 18-month deal.

Last week his goal was not enough for a win, as Czech side Viktoria Plzen scored a late equaliser to take an away goal to their home tie - leaving them the favourites to progress.

But Petrolul are through after thrashing Plzen 4-1 in the second leg - and guess who was on the scoresheet again?

Mutu bagged Petrolul's second of the game, and what a goal it was, firing in from 30 yards to send his new side on their way to glory.

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