week 24 summaryBy: sasha | April 14th, 2009
The showcase match of the Liga 1 week 24 between Timi┼čoara and Universitatea Craiova ended with a 1-0 victory for Timi┼čoara. After Nicol├▓ Napoli’s side missed a chance to take the lead with Dorel Stoica unable to convert from the spot, the lone goal came three minutes into the new half. Romania’s Gheorghe Bucur worked the ball to Arman Karamyan inside the six-yard box with the Armenian international, continuing his hot-streak after scoring twice in their 2-0 defeat of Rapid Bucure┼čti last week, to turn in the winning score.
First-place Dinamo Bucure┼čti rebounded after their disappointing loss to Universitatea Craiova with a 4-1 victory over Vaslui 4-1 as Romanian international Marius Niculae scored three times. Niculae opened the scoring six minutes before the half-hour as he converted from the spot after a penalty was adjudged on Gabriel C├ónu. The complexion of the match changed two minutes before the hour C├ónu received his second yellow-card and Vaslui were forced to play a man down. Twenty minutes later Dinamo extended its lead as Niculae re-directed Gabriel Torje’s corner in with minutes left. Mike Temwanjera brought the match within one with nine minutes remaining. Ianis Zicu restored the two goal lead with three minutes before Niculae notched his fourth as regulation ran out from Ionel D─ânciulescu’s provision.
Dan Petrescu’s Unirea Urziceni lost points to Dinamo in their championship race as Rapid Bucure┼čti held them to a 1-1 draw. Jo├úo Paulo Andrade on-loan from FC Porto gave Rapid the lead twenty-one minutes into the match. However Marius Bila┼čco added the leveler for Urziceni eight minutes past the hour as he struck a perfect free-kick from just outside the area and into the back of the net. Rapid played the final twenty-two minutes with Juliano Spadacio who was shown his second yellow but Unirea Urziceni were unable to make use of the man advantage.
Farul Constan┼úa came from behind to draw even with Marius L─âc─âtu┼č’ Steaua Bucure┼čti 1-1. Bogdan Stancu gave Steaua the lead eleven minutes into the new half before Chico leveled with eighteen minutes remaining.
Gloria Bistri┼úa shocked defending champions CFR Cluj with a goal in fourth minute of added time to bring the match to a 2-2 draw. Diogo Ramos gave Bistri┼úa at the twenty-third minute before Uruguayan international Alvaro Pereira leveled the match for Cluj nine minutes later from a tight angle the the Bistri┼úa could not handle and the ball evaded him. Two minutes after the break Cluj took the lead with Peralta’s second of the day striking from ten metres after being played through. Yssouf Kon├ę could have put the match away with four minutes later but could not convert from the spot. However in the fourth minute of added-time Jo├úo Silva squared the match up at two as his close-range shot deflected off Juan Culio and into the net.
Bra┼čov devastated Gloria Bistri┼úa 4-0 with captain Robert Ilye┼č finding the net twice. Romeo Surdu, on-loan from Steaua, opened the scoring at the twenty-third minute before
Ezequias doubled the margin eleven minutes later. Robert Ilye┼č added the third six minutes before the break and the final goal of the day at the eighty-second minute.
Arge┼č Pite┼čti played relegation candidates CS Otopeni to a 1-1 draw. Cosmin N─âst─âsie opened the scoring for Pite┼čti twenty-one minutes in with Romanian U-21 Liviu Ganea squaring the match four minutes before the hour.
Gaz Metan Media┼č problems continued as they lost to Pandurii T├órgu Jiu with Milanko Ra┼íkovi─ç’s goal from just outside the area only a minute into the match.
O┼úelul Gala┼úi defeated Politehnica Ia┼či 3-2 with a late goal by Poli Ia┼či took the lead fifteen minutes in with Ionu┼ú B├ólb─â finding the back of the net. Alexandru Bourceanu brought the match level nine minutes later only from the spot to be followed with Adrian S─âl─âgean’s goal just before the half-hour. Romanian international Andrei Cristea leveled the match just before the break. However with eleven minutes left Zhivko Zhelev added the winner for Gala┼úi.
In upcoming action this Thurday, Steaua Bucure┼čti travel to face Gaz Metan Media┼č, Arge┼č Pite┼čti heads to Gloria Buz─âu and Universitatea Craiova welcomes Unirea Urziceni. Friday match-ups include CFR Cluj’s visit of Farul Constan┼úa, CS Otopeni hosting Pandurii T├órgu Jiu and O┼úelul Gala┼úi’s trip to Gloria Bistri┼úa. In other key matches Bra┼čov travels to Rapid Bucure┼čti as both sides are in hot pursuit of a Europa League spot, while second-place Timi┼čoara visits Vaslui and relegation concerned Politehnica Ia┼či welcome first-place Dinamo Bucure┼čti.