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October 5, 2022

League I derby between CFR, Dinamo ends with draw

Dinamo was one step away from winning three points in Cluj but goalkeeper Emilian Dolha’s blunder in the 86th minute left the score level, 2-2. Culio was CFR’s ‘angel and demon.’ The Argentinean made a monumental error when Dinamo scored its first goal but had a decisive contribution to the team’s equalizer and then scored the second equalizer in the 86th minute after taking advantage of Dolha’s mistake. The visitors opened the score in the 32nd minute when Torje’s high ball from the right flank found Culio, who inexplicably headed the ball back to his own goalkeeper. Dinamo’s Andrei Cristea took advantage of the mistake and scored. Cristian Bud was sent in at the start of the second half and equalized for the hosts, score 1-1. In the 86th minute Nicolae Dica’s set piece shot targeted the far post, Dolha tried to catch the ball but botched the attempt, with Culio scoring the equalizer, score 2-2.

“Both teams made mistakes. It was a very good game and the important thing for us is that we managed to equalize. We are now in a tie with Steaua but we have a better goal average. For the time being, head coach Mandorlini stays, replacing him is not on the agenda,” CFR Cluj president Iuliu Muresan told gsp.ro.

Steaua 1 – Otelul Galati 0

In Bucharest, Steaua was barely able to defeat Otelul Galati (1-0) and was in a tie with League leaders CFR Cluj before the fixtures scheduled yesterday. Mihai Stoichita’s players had a modest performance in front of a disappointingly empty stadium, with Bogdan Stancu’s 10th minute goal being decisive for a narrow victory. Steaua is now preparing for the big derby against its eternal rival Dinamo, this Wednesday.

Universitatea sealed its home-side game against FC Brasov in just 20 minutes. Wotte’s players won the game by three goals to nil, thus shaking off the risk of demotion for the time being. “I haven’t been so happy in a long time. We’ve gone through very difficult moments until now. I didn’t expect such a goal difference. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but today we could have defeated any Romanian team,” Craiova owner Adrian Mititelu told prosport.ro.

On Saturday, Ceahlaul finished its home-side game against Gaz Metan in a draw, score 0-0. International Curtea de Arges finished its home-side game against Pandurii Tg. Jiu in a goalless draw. Astra Ploiesti finished its home-side game against Poli Iasi in a draw, score 1-1. Both goals were scored at the end of the game: Liviu Ganea opened the score for the hosts in the 77th minute and Vali Negru equalized for the visitors in the 80th minute.

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