STEAUA BUCAREST striker Raul Rusescu took matters into his own hands to prevent the opposition manager getting a message to his players – quite literally.
Rusescu, 30, nabbed a note from Rapid Vienna’s manager intended for his players from an opponent before he had the chance to read the instructions.
A piece of paper came on as Vienna prepared to defend a set piece and was handed to Stefan Schwab.
But before Schwab even had a chance to read coach Goran Djuricin’s directions, he had it whisked away from him by the cunning Rusescu.
Rusescu, who came on as a substitute, then scrunched it up and threw it away before getting ready for the incoming cross with a wide smirk across his face.
Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu unsurprisingly loved the move and said: “This deserves the Puskas Award!!! It doesn’t need to be a goal, it just needs to be brilliant.
“And Raul Rusescu’s wonderful way of stopping Rapid Wien from communicating with their manager is just… AMAZING. A true legend. Probably a target for Mourinho right now.”
One fan compared Rusescu’s genius antics to those of Spanish pair Diego Costa and Sergio Ramos.
The hilarious incident took place during the sides’ Europa League play-off and proved successful as the Romanian club won 2-1 on the night.
But it wasn’t enough to swing the tie as Rapid Vienna’s 3-1 first-leg victory meant the Austrian side progressed into the group stages of this year’s Europa League.
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