Round 9 – results, scorers, standings and highlights
- Rapid and Universitatea Craiova’s comfortable wins saved a round dominated by tight games and Italian results. Rapid dismantled the newly promoted from Branesti and, after the 5-0 Cup win from last Tuesday, continued to score at will, taking advantage of some eye-catching passing game that allows Sumudica’s men to create lots of scoring chances, especially when they play at home. Playing away from home looks easier for Piturca’s players, who took advantage of another very defensive approach from Targu Mures. The home team was coming from a wonderful 2-1 away win in Cluj, against CFR, but fielding again five defenders wasn’t the best idea from Ioan Ovidiu Sabau…
- Astra Ploiesti recorded the first win of the season against Selymes’ ex-team, taking advantage of an error comitted by Patrascu, a midfielder with several years spent in Il Calcio, whose experience was expected to make a difference for Sportul. Obviously, to Sportul’s advantage…
- The hot derby between Universitatea and CFR was won, as expected, by U’s fans, who travelled in numbers to Alba Iulia and offered an excellent show, hoping for a win after Niculescu’s sixth goal of the season, delivered from free-kick, as usual. Traore brought an equalizer and the two teams looked satisfied with the draw, a results which was on jeopardy only in the last 20 minutes, when Roberto De Zerbi came from the bench with appetite for football and a set of tricks that almost embarrassed the home team’s defense.
- Steaua parted ways with its third coach, after a defeat on the league leaders’ home ground, failing to open up a well organized defense. Otelul won through another goal from Sarghi, a centre-back who has his best years ahead of him and has reached a level that would recommend him from a move to a more ambitious club, although sitting on top of the standings doesn’t look bad either…
- Poli’s away win against Pandurii should be mentioned, as Cosmin Contra continues to deliver from the sidelines, trying to keep his players modest after each positive result. “We were lucky to get all three points today”, said the player-manager after a game played on heavy rain, which exposed a bit of lack of form upfront for the viola outfit, yet Timisoara remains the only team unbeaten in Liga I after nine rounds. And they’ve swapped draws for wins, lately, which I’m not sure it’s all down to luck…
Universitatea Cluj – CFR Cluj 1-1 (Cl. Niculescu 15 / Traore 30)
FC Vaslui – Gloria Bistrita 1-0 (Adailton 67)
Sportul Studentesc – Astra Ploiesti 0-1 (Fatay 45)
Otelul Galati – Steaua Bucharest 1-0 (Sarghi 19)
Pandurii Targu Jiu – Poli Timisoara 0-1 (Axente 41)
Rapid – Victoria Branesti 7-1 (Cassio 25, 59, Cesinha 29, Roman 62, Constantin 65, Frunza 68, Lazar 88 / Simion 39)
FCM Targu Mures – Universitatea Craiova 1-4 (Fl. Dan 62 / Gaman 10, M. Costea 42, Prepelita 67, Wobay 90)
FC Brasov – Gaz Metan Medias 0-0
Unirea Urziceni – Dinamo Bucharest 1-0 (Rusescu 38 pen)
Next round (1st-4th of October): Astra Ploiesti – Pandurii Targu Jiu, Universitatea Craiova – Universitatea Cluj, Dinamo Bucharest – Otelul Galati, Gloria Bistrita – Unirea Urziceni, Poli Timisoara – Rapid Bucharest, Gaz Metan Medias – FC Vaslui, CFR Cluj – FC Brasov, Steaua Bucharest – Sportul Studentesc, Victoria Branesti – FCM Targu Mures.