Ten-man Steaua Bucharest boosted their Europa League qualification hopes with a much-needed 4-2 win in an eventful Group J clash with Maccabi Haifa.
It was all square after a first half featuring four goals and four substitutions, Leandro Tatu and Florin Costea putting Steaua 2-0 up before Eyal Meshumar and Yaniv Katan superbly hit back for Maccabi Haifa.
Costea was sent off after half-time but two goals from Cristian Tanase ensured the Romanian side moved within a point of their opponents in the race to reach the knockout stages.
Steaua were forced into a change after just two minutes, Raul Rusescu replacing the injured Florin Gardos.
Maccabi's Eyal Golsa then had the night's first effort, which was held by keeper Razvan Stanca, but it was Steaua who took the lead shortly afterwards as Pablo Brandan delivered a corner from the right and striker Tatu scored from six yards.
Idan Vered drew another save from Stanca before Tatu also suffered an injury and was replaced by Stefan Nikolic.
But Steaua doubled their lead when Costea curled a fine effort from 20 yards into the bottom left corner having been teed up by Rusescu.
Maccabi pulled a goal back in the 35th minute, Meshumar allowed to run from his own half before his strike from the edge of the box cut the deficit to 2-1.
They had replaced Vered with Bamidele Yampolsky moments beforehand and incredibly, a fourth substitution of the first half then followed when Vladimir Dvalishvili replaced Gustavo Boccoli.
If Maccabi were seeking to ape Steaua's goalscoring exploits after each of their substitutions, the ploy worked as Katan equalised with a tremendous volley from 20 yards five minutes before the interval.
Keeper Nir Davidovitch repelled Rusescu's drive as an unusual first half came to an end.
The start of the second was altogether more restrained, with only Brandan's 30-yard effort over the bar to show for the opening quarter of an hour.
The peace and quiet could not last, though, and Costea was sent off in the 61st minute for a reckless lunge at Meshumar.
Steaua produced the established response to a player's departure, though, by retaking the lead as Rusescu headed Brandan's free-kick against the woodwork and Tanase followed up to score.
Stanca saved from Eyal Golsa but Steaua put the result beyond doubt in the 84th minute as Tanase struck again. The midfielder found the net with a magnificent 30-yard strike before being booked for his celebration.