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Steaua wins against Dinamo. Great result for the fans, but will it matter in the title race?

Bulgarian centre-back Valentin Iliev, who is running out of contract with Steaua and has been linked with a return to CSKA Sofia in the summer, is the hero of this much anticipated derby, which filled the stands of the impressive National Arena. The 31 years old scored a brace that was enough to seal the win, after Rusescu’s penalty had cancelled the opening goal scored by Alexandru Curtean, after a nice move by Marius Alexe. With Vlad Chiriches again impressive at the back and Cristi Tanase posing a threat with his runs, Steaua ended the game with 22 shots and had almost twice as many clear cut chances to score.

Dinamo paid in the end for a very poor game from central defender Dragos Grigore, while upfront Marius Niculae looked to be struggling physically and lost his breath, feet and ideas on several occasions, and Dario Bonetti, the coach, didn’t miss another chance to have a shot at his players after the match, an approach that won’t help him stay too long at the red and white outfit.

After this huge win for Steaua’s fans (and terrible defeat for Dinamo’s πŸ™‚ ), there are only two points that separates them and FC Vaslui from the first spot, but unfortunately for both teams it’s all in the hands of league leaders CFR Cluj. Betting on the outcome of the title race remains very tricky and all eyes will be on tonight’s Cluj derby, hosted by Universitatea. After the interrupted match on the 8th of May, the decision was to replay the game from the first minute. Strange call, with no logic, as far as I’m concerned, as the incidents took place when CFR was leading 1-0 and the fights started because of Cadu’s goal celebration, but now both Steaua and Vaslui will hope for a favorable outcome, considering the fact that the title race ends in defeat for them in case CFR manages to get all the three points…

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Round 24, results, scorers and standings

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Gaz Metan Medias – Otelul Galati 0-1 (Costin 36)
  • Pandurii Targu Jiu – Steaua 0-0
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Astra Ploiesti 2-1 (Dalbea 17, Andre de Sousa 39 / Takayuki 29)
  • Politehnica Iasi – International 0-0
  • Rapid – Universitatea Craiova 0-1 (Gangioveanu 90)
  • Gloria Bistrita – Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt 1-0 (C. Petre 20)
  • Unirea Urziceni – Dinamo 4-4 (Onofras 1, Semedo 11, Bilasco 70 pen, 90 / B. Fernandes og 5, Andrei Cristea 8, 63, Torje 48)
  • C Timisoara – FC Vaslui 0-1 (Costly 12)
  • FC Brasov – CFR Cluj 0-1 (Bud 19)

Liga I standings

Next round (2-3 April): Otelul Galati – Pandurii, Astra Ploiesti – Unirea Urziceni, Ceahlaul – Poli Iasi, Steaua – FC Brasov, Dinamo – Gaz Metan Medias, International Curtea de Arges – Rapid, Universitatea Craiova – FC Timisoara, FC Vaslui – Unirea Alba Iulia, CFR Cluj – Gloria Bistrita.

    Did Mandorlini fall asleep during CFR-Steaua?

    March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

    Andrea Mandorlini

    CFR has already a three point advantage at the top of the Liga I standings, getting four points in two rounds, against the main rivals in the fight for the title, Unirea Urziceni (1-0 away) and Steaua (1-1 at home). Still, the awful performance from last Sunday’s game should push the panic button in Gruia, as I’ve never seen this strong team play so poorly since its promotion in the top flight! Read more…

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