beaten up in Szeged
Romanian title holder HCM Constanta has scored categorical defeat at the hands of Pick Szeged (final score 25-35) in a game counting for the last round of Group A games in the Champions League. Nevertheless, the team has qualified for the last-16 stage of the competition thanks to the points it had previously accumulated. The Romanians had a three-goal lead at half time (17-14) but failed to score a single goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Moreover, the Romanian players achieved the “performance” of missing no less than five 7-meter penalties. The draw that will decide the fixtures of the last-16 stage is scheduled today in Vienna.
Chess: Romanians score victory in European Championships
Romania’s Grand Master Dieter Nisipeanu has scored his second victory at the European Individual Chess Championship taking place in Rijeka (Croatia). The best Romanian chess player of the day defeated Hungary’s Zoltan Medvegy in the second round. In her turn, Romanian Grand Master Cristina Adela Foisor defeated Poland’s Joanna Warek and won two points. Romania is represented by 23 chess players at the European Individual Chess Championship, a tournament that takes place from March 5 to March 19. 590 players from 41 states are taking part in the 11th edition of the tournament. The top 22 players will qualify for the World Cup 2010. The prizes stand at EUR 120,000 for the men’s tournament and EUR 60,000 for the women’s tournament.
Romania vs. Italy
Razvan Lucescu, the head coach of the national football team, has announced the national U-23 team’s line-up for the game against Italy, a game counting for Group A of the ‘International Challenge Trophy,’ a tournament organized by England’s FA. Lucescu Jr. has called up 22 players for the game scheduled at 2 PM on Wednesday, March 10, on Bucharest’s ‘Giulesti-Valentin Stanescu’ stadium. Romania is part of Group A, alongside Italy, Malta and Belgium.
Deadly accident in futsal
A Brazilian futsal player died in an accident that took place during a game, the EFE agency informs, being quoted by Agerpres. The piece of wood dislodged from the floor punctured the player’s abdomen. Player Robson Rocha Costa (23) injured himself during a friendly game between Guarapuava Deportivo Futsal and Palmeiras Jundiai after he slid on the floor trying to tackle an opponent. The piece of wood dislodged from the floor tore through his leg and punctured his abdomen, causing severe internal bleeding. The player was immediately taken to hospital where he entered emergency surgery but did not survive.