Thursday, August 27, 2009

A great day for Romanian soccer

Well, today was definitely a good day for Romanian soccer. All Romanian teams, except FC Vaslui, entered the groups of Europa League (the new competition that replaces the former UEFA cup). CFR Cluj dominated the Bosnians from Sarajevo 2-1 and qualified without problems; Steaua won also on Irish turf against St. Patrick Saints (2-1) after a categorical win in Bucharest, while Dinamo pulled down the miracle this round, wining 3-0 in Liberec, against the Czech from Slovan, after they've lost with the same score in the first round, due to the fact that their fans entered the field in the 88th minute of the game, protesting against their weak performance.In the end, they managed to win (9-8) on penalty kicks after a dramatic series of shots. FC Vaslui did well against a great European team (AEK Atena) 2-1 in the first round, but lost 0-3 in Greece. Finally, the Romanian champions (Unirea Urziceni, very small team from a 15,000 inhabitants city) got a good draw in the groups of UEFA Champions League with Glasgow Rangers, VfB Stuttgart and FC Sevilla, avoiding some "big names" from Primera Division, Serie A or Premier League. So far, CL has been too big of a hat for almost any Romanian team (CFR Cluj did well last year); hopefully, that will change. All and all, a very good day, indeed.

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