Yellow Submarine Sinks Dinamo!By: pete | April 10th, 2011
A fascinating clash took place yesterday between championship contenders Vaslui and Dinamo, who were looking to reassert themselves in the race for Europe and prove to the new kids on the block that the old guard are not out of it yet.
As it transpired, Dinamo were made to look tired as a vibrant Vaslui, resplendent in their yellow home shirts, ran them ragged.
Vaslui dominated the first half, and the match began with 20 minutes of relentless pressing and harrying by the men in yellow. Adailton even had the ball in the net with a deft finish (or shinned slice depending on your perspective) but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside. Dinamo looked shellshocked but nevertheless they managed to carve out several half chances to give the home fans something to think about.
In the event, for all their smart passing and direct running it took a straightforward set piece to swing the match in Vaslui’s favour when Wesley poked the ball home as it rattled across the box from a corner. Dinamo were still penned back into their own half as Vaslui loked for the second. Gheorghiu went down in the 35th minute claiming a penalty but replays showed that he trailed his leg and made the most of the minimal contact and therefore he didn’t deserve anything! Just a minute later Wesley and Patrascu were involved in an ugly incident when they both left the ground and slid in for a loose ball with their feet raised. It summed up Dinamo’s luck when Patrascu was booked because Wesley came off worse, when in fact both players were guilty. Canu added the second goal in the second half to leave Vaslui looking towards Timisoara and Otelul while Dinamo remain level on points with both their city rivals.
The fourth Bucharest team, Sportul Studentesc, gave Timisoara a scare today before succumbing 3-2 at Regie. Balan got the goal of the weekend for Sportul by sending an overhead shot looping into the far corner as he faced away from goal. Sportul are doomed, but they can still entertain!
The league remains nicely poised, with Vaslui and Timisoara waiting for Otelul to slip up and the three big Bucharest clubs waiting for anyone to slip up. I am sticking with my prediction that Otelul won’t win the title but they are still going strong at the moment…