week 30By: sasha | May 13th, 2009
In week 30, the focus was on the Dinamo Bucure┼čti – Steaua Bucure┼čti derby which ended in a 1-1 draw which came with Gigi Becali issuing some choice words to describe Dinamo fans during the week. After a tightly played match Steaua Bucure┼čti took the lead with nine minutes remaining. Accepting the ball just outside the box Tiago Gomes laid the ball off to the right for Eric Bicfalvi whose effort from twenty-plus metres was helped in by Cosmin Mo┼úi’s deflection. It seemed that Steaua had the upset but the Ro┼č-albii came back as with three minutes left Claudiu Niculescu’s free-kick from thirty metres careened off Petre Marin and into the net to bring the match even.
Unirea Urziceni missed a chance to pull even with Dinamo as they were held to a 1-1 draw by defending champion CFR Cluj. The draw leaves Dan Petrescu’s side two points behind Dinamo with Cluj trailing Universitatea Craiova in the final Europa League spot due to goal differential. Romanian international Bogdan Mara gave Cluj the 1-0 lead four minutes in as he fearlessly dove to head in Alvaro Pereira’s cross from the left. Nine minutes later former Hurac├ín man Pablo Brand├ín squared the match as he sent in R─âzvan P─âdure┼úu’s free-kick from left in from close range.
The Viorel Hizo led Rapid Bucure┼čti continued on the winning path as it defeated relegation condemned Gloria Buz─âu 1-0 on a late goal. A minute into added time Lucian R─âdu┼ú─â won a clearance in the area and the ball came to Pinto who after a controlling touch sent the ball in from the six yard box.
Timi┼čoara returned to the winning column with a 1-0 hard fought victory over O┼úelul Gala┼úi bringing Gabi Balint’s side to within four points of Dinamo. The leagues top scorer, Romanian international Gigi Bucur broke the deadlock midway of the half as he out dueled Gala┼úi defender Sergiu Costin for a long ball on the right, turned and drove the ball with this left foot to the inside post.
R─âzvan Lucescu’s FC Bra┼čov got back into hunt for European football League hunt with a 2-1 victory over Farul Constan┼úa. Bra┼čov opened the scoring sixteen minutes in as captain Robert Ilyes made it 1-0 from the spot after a Romeo Surdu by Farul ‘keeper George Curc─â. Eight minutes later rising star Sabrin Sburlea made it 2-0. With twenty minutes remaining Willian Gerlem’s free-kick from the left into the box was nodded in by Ben Teekloh to bring the match within one but that was it got and the match ended with Bra┼čov winning 2-1.
Universitatea Craiova maintain their spot in the Europa League with a tight 1-0 victory over CS Otopeni. With the match deadlocked Florin Costea found the winning touch with twelve minutes remaining as he redirected Florin Costin ┼×oava’s effort from the left into the net from the edge of the six yard box.
Vaslui kept its slim European football hopes alive with a 2-1 defeat of Gaz Metan Media┼č via Wesley’s late goal. After remaining scoreless for seventy-nine minutes Viorel Moldovan’s side broke the deadlock as Bulgarian international Stanislav Genchev raced down the right channel before driving the ball in from ten metres. Only four minutes later Media┼č leveled the match as Florin Sabou sent a dipping effort from beyond the box over Vaslui ‘keeper Du┼ían Kuciak and into the net. However with three minutes left in the match Wesley drilled a free-kick over the wall and into the net for the 2-1 win.
Arge┼č Pite┼čti defeated Gloria Bistri┼úa 2-1 via Elias Bazzi’s brace. Pite┼čti took the lead seventeen minutes in as Bazzi struck a free kick in from eighteen metres. The Vampirii Alba┼čtri fought back and three minutes past the half hour as veteran Dorel Zaharia redirected Liviu B─âjenaru’s long free kick in. Elias Bazzi came back three minutes past the hour with the winning strike as he dipped a free-kick from sixteen metres over the wall and into the net.
Fighting to avoid relegation Poli Ia┼či held off mid-table side Pandurii T├órgu Jiu for an important point, playing to a 1-1 draw. Romanian international Andrei Cristea gave Ia┼či the lead only twenty seconds into into the match as he broke up a lazy pass and drove the ball from a few metres beyond the area. Two minutes before the hour Florin St├«ng─â squared the match up as he headed a corner in from the edge of the six yard box.