Round 23 – match highlights
- Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – FC Brasov 2-1 (Mulisa 16, Cebotaru 24 / Savic 23)
First win for Filipovic and Ceahlaul, undefeated in four games now, keeps working and hoping for a miraculous feat. It’s getting pretty embarassing for FC Brasov though, who were tipped with a shot at a European spot, after the first half of season and, without losing players (they even spent some money to enforce the team), coach Viorel Moldovan needs to take some blame for thie very poor start of 2010. After three defeats in a row, Brasov is in no man’s land and the lack of perspective will probably further damage the players’ morale and motivation. After Mulisa‘s opener (nice volley with his right foot, from inside the box), Dusan Savic scored his first goal for FC Brasov, but the Moldova international Cebotaru cancelled immediately the equalizer, in a mad first half. The second one was terrible, but right now both teams will gladly put results above the quality of the display.
- CFR Cluj – Pandurii 1-0 (Alcantara 25)
Unconvincing win for CFR, but a vital one. Poor match decided by the Brazilian centre back who now has the same number of goals scored (4) like his team-mate Yssouf Kone, who’s considered the best striker in the league, but has disappointed this season and will probably part ways with the Romanian club in the summer. Bud has won again the fight for a place in the first elevn with Lacina Traore, who is unsettled by the constant discussion regarding his future, and the Romanian centre forward offered a decent display, going close to a goal in the first half. Pandurii, on the other hand, came looking for a draw, having back on the bench the defensive architect Sorin “Sorinaccio” Cartu, but the experienced coach has a lot of work to do, in order to keep his team above the relegation zone.
- Universitatea Craiova – Politehnica Iasi 2-1 (Iliev 62, Prepelita 89 / Straton 86)
Second consecutive win for Universitatea at home, who had a clear penalty refused – Florin Costea was so badly injured that he will miss for at least two months, after suffering a twisted knee! But Wotte is probably used at this point with the poor standard of the referees… Still, he enjoys another deserved success, although it was a very lucky one – terrible mistake by Poli’s keeper Branet in the last minute, when he misjudged the flight of the ball and allowed Prepelita to score with a simple header -, but he will have to do without the team’s best player for the rest of the campaign, which is a huge blow. But Universitatea is starting to play and, if they continue to improve, they might not miss Florin Costea as badly as expected.
- Otelul Galati – Dinamo 2-3 (Paraschiv 50, Antal 61 pen / Moti 6, Alexe 20, Andrei Cristea 54)
Dinamo’s on fire at the moment! In spite of the absences of four key players, the Red Dogs added another important victory and they’re putting a lot of pressure on the league leaders, looking more dangerous and determined than anyone expected. Alexe scored an excellent goal from outside the box and Andrei Cristea found yet again the back of the net, but the way Dinamo’s reserve players stepped in was indeed impressive. Ze Diabate played an excellent game at left back, but I was surprised to see right back Scarlatache moved in the centre, with Daminuta catching only the last three minutes and the Czech centre back Martin Zivny left once again outside the team. Still, with this sort of results, I guess no one can doubt coach Cornel Talnar’s choices, right?
- International Curtea de Arges – Gloria Bistrita 2-1 (E. Kone 31, Bacila 57 / Ribeiro Moraes 69)
Watch out for this Brazilian wonder, who looks unstoppable at the moment and among the best players in the league! Another goal from Bistrita’s fine aquisition, but this time the forward couldn’t help his team avoid a defeat sealed by the two players who had beaten FC Brasov in the previous round. Again a solid display from Emmanuel Kone, who will most likely receive an important role in CFR’s team next season, and coach Ionut Badea has silenced his critics, by getting a doomed team in touch with those placed just above the relegation zone.
- Steaua – Gaz Metan Medias 2-0 (Stancu 63, Kapetanos 79 pen.)
After a frustrating first half, Stoichita shuffled his cards and managed to broke Pustai’s defensive setup through an attacking partnership that is a handful for any team. Stancu scored from a free kick and Kapetanos added a second from a penalty obtained on his own, but this should have been a tougher game for Steaua. Gaz Metan came to Ghencea with the wrong attitude, with the hosts still affected by the 0-2 loss in the derby against Dinamo, and it was a disappointment to see this from one of the most interesting coaches in the league…
- Unirea Alba Iulia – Unirea Urziceni 1-2 (Bucurica 39 / Brandan 47, Onofras 53)
A proof of character from the reigning champions, who need to win on a regular basis, now that the mad series of games against all the title contenders is finally over. It was a poor first half though for Levy’s men, but they came back in style after the break. In fact, they returned from the lockerroom after the break 5 minutes earlier than the opposition, looking very motivated and eager to restart the game. Brandan scored from a free kick and the dynamic Onofras speculated some poor defending from the hosts, the quick double destroying the morale of a team that Blaz Sliskovic seems unable to revive on short term.
- Astra Ploiesti – FC Timisoara 1-3 (L. Ganea 19 / Magera 3, Goga 11 pen., 88)
Perfect start of the game for the Viola, but the match got complicated after Mera‘s stupid second yellow card received at the end of the first half. Dinamo’s on loan striker Liviu Ganea scored once again – this time from a free kick superbly taken from 18 meters – to get the hosts back in the match after a cracking start, but Astra struggled to lay siege on Sabau’s 10 men in the second half. Goga killed all hopes in the end, when he managed to come out with the ball, although surounded by 5 men!, dribbled past the rushing keeper and completing a brace in style.
- FC Vaslui – Rapid 1-0 (Papp 6)
With Gladstone at the heart of the defense and four skilled players upfront, Sanmartean-Gerlem-Wesley-Costly, FC Vaslui enjoyed the game against an away team that took an offensive approach right from the start. Rapid still cannot use the transferred Balan and Varga from Sportul and has to rely on young and inexperienced forwards like Ionita and Raduta, failing to pose a real threat and come back from a goal down. Good performance from Costly, who looks better and better lately, holding up the ball well, showing an excellent first touch and the knowledge of dictating the tempo as well as his team’s counter-attacks.