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Round 20 – match highlights ;-)

Friday games:

  • Rapid Bucharest – FC Timisoara 1-0 (Matic 26)

Interesting derby between two of the six title contenders in Romania. With the pitch covered in snow, Rapid’s fans came down from the stands before the match and gave a hand in creating decent playing conditions. Coach Nicolae Manea played Varga and Balan from the first minute, although both had joined the club with just a day before the game!, but the surprise came from the Slovenian midfielder Darijan Matic (26), who took advantage of Costin Lazar’s absence and scored an outstanding  goal (his first in Liga I) with his weaker foot, from outside the box. Timisoara pressed in the second half and came close on a few occasions, but Mansour (who played his first game of the season) and Chiacu missed the best opportunities for the Viola.

Saturday games:

  • Gloria Bistrita – Astra Ploiesti 3-1 (Ribeiro Moraes 32, 78, Mihalache og 73 / Diego Silva 65)

Surprisingly open and good match, from two usually ugly teams, but both in hot form this year. The hosts attacked from the first minute and Napoli’s defense looked shaky without the Czech centre-back Radek Oprsal. Also, the left back Alejandro Kruchowski had his obvious limits exposed by the quick winger Ciprian Petre, but Gloria took all the points mainly due to some quality finishing from the Brazilian Aluisio Ribeiro Moraes (22). The team’s number 10 opened the scoring with a wonderful right footed shot from outside the box and closed the game with a well placed header from inside the box, making everyone wonder where did he came from, as he already scored three goals this season…

  • Dinamo Bucharest – Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt 1-1 (Vitelaru og 16 / Mulisa 71)

Another huge surprise from Ceahlaul, who managed to win in Ghencea stadium, against Steaua, in the first match of the year. Dinamo had six points out of six and the win in this game was obviously taken for granted, as the Red Dogs were again thinking and talking about the title ;-). Everything went well for the hosts, Vitelaru sending the ball into his own net after a drilled cross from the promising Marius Alexe (20), but the Bucharest side looked happy to control the match and wait for the final whistle, an approach punished by Jimmy Mulisa (25), who sent the ball into the empty net after a good ball thrown over Dinamo’s defense by the experienced Ionut Badescu. The final 20 minutes showed Dinamo’s lack of teamwork and work ethic, as they struggled to create a decent chance, even though Niculae, Bratu or Adrian Cristea were still on the pitch. Ceahlaul earns another important point, the first under Zoran Filipovic, who praised his players, but played down talks regarding his chances to avoid relegation.

Sunday games:

Gaz Metan Medias – International Curtea de Arges 0-0

Mediocre game, with a result that satisfies both teams, as the home team lost the captain Todea after 40 minutes and 2 yellow cards, while the guests blamed the poor pitch for not being able to get all three points. The truth is that Gaz Metan really lacks firepower upfront, after Bud’s departure to CFR Cluj and the change of status for Brazilian regista Eric de Oliveira, who features this season more as a substitute. Still, thanks to coach Cristi Pustai, they have the same solid tactical game and probably they’ll prove more dangerous away from home, where they could just sit back and speculate the chances they could get on counters.

Otelul Galati – CFR Cluj 1-0 (I. Neagu 38)

This was a “must win” for CFR, yet they failed miserably against one of the teams that can be counted as one of the suprises of the year so far, showing that former international Dorinel Munteanu has some coaching qualities afterall ;-). Mandorlini was right to shuffle his cards after the terrible performance against Steaua. Traore was only on the bench, while the right back Tony got his first start of the season. The changes in CFR’s game failed to appear though, as Otelul enjoyed possession in the first half and scored the winner through a player that in autumn was playing on loan for the worst team in the second division, CSM Ramnicu Sarat! With Traore in the team after the break, CFR failed to take control of the game, playing nervously and finishing the game in 10 men, after Muresan’s dismissal. Excellent result for Munteanu against his old team and it’s make or break time for Mandorlini!

Politehnica Iasi – Unirea Alba Iulia 1-0 (Negru 41)

One of the most undervalued coaches in Romania, Petre Grigoras, continues to perform miracles, as he’s getting results with a team that has no money, little support and was able to strengthen his team with players loaned from other clubs. A hard fought game was decided by Rapid’s former player Vali Negru, who also scored two rounds ago in the 2-1 win against Rapid. Alba Iulia rarely posed a threat and this is a huge loss for them, that’s why Falub’s decision to step down at this point might not help them at all.

Unirea Urziceni – Steaua Bucharest 2-2 (Frunza 3, Onofras 72 / Ov. Petre 8, Kapetanos 90)

Unirea loses two huge points on Levy’s decision to freeze the game in the dying moments. Well organized and ambitious, the reigning champions controled the game and managed to score in the second half after an excellent cross from Frunza (who had also opened the score with an excellent shot), but Steaua was saved once again by Kapetanos. Incredibly lucky? No, because Levy decided to take out a striker and add the fifth defender, with just a few minutes left. The change from an orthodox back four to a defense with three centre-backs, plus the fact that Galamaz was sent on the pitch unfit, allowed Pepe Moreno to win a ball inside the box, as his opponents were inviting each other, and offer the Greek a present he gladly sent under the crossbar from inside the box.

Monday games:

FC Brasov – FC Vaslui 1-1 (Abrudan 63 / Delgado 19)

The Spaniard Delgado scored his second consecutive goal for FC Vaslui, but Brasov levelled after the break and a nicely played corner kick. The two ambitious teams offered one of the best matches of the round, with lots of chances at both ends and both coaches hoping for a win that would have meant a lot in the long run. Wesley regained his place in the first eleven, partnering Costly upfront, and Vaslui looked again very, very strong in attack, where they have players that combine technique, creativity and physical power. Brasov remains a very solid team, but the balance seems very fragile, as Moldovan’s squad loses something whenever gives up its cautious approach and tries to look more offensive.

Pandurii Targu Jiu – Universitatea Craiova 0-0

Wotte finally gets his fist point in Liga I, but it could prove a vital one, given the opposition’s status. Pandurii started with a small disadvantage, as the team was missing three regulars and Liviu Ciobotariu had to improvise in defense, but a stupid handball from U21 international Barboianu, in the 40th minute, gave the guests an unexpected edge. The pitch and the lack of quality in the roster prevented Pandurii from posing a real threat for Universitatea until the end of a poor game. Still, Wotte only now realizes that the bunch of promising players he found in Craiova are missing mental attributes that need a lot of work to improve. Work and time, but time is no longer an ally for the Blue Lions…

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  1. March 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

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