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October 5, 2022

League I: Big win for Steaua in Vaslui

Steaua defeated FC Vaslui, score 3-0, in an away game in which it exhibited pragmatism while the hosts missed numerous goal scoring opportunities. Surdu (double) and Stancu scored for Steaua. The red-blue jerseys picked up something from the personality of their new head coach – former Steaua legend Ilie Dumitrescu – and had a forceful start, opening the score early in the game. Romeo Surdu dribbled Hugo Luz and goalkeeper Kuciak to put Steaua ahead in the 5th minute.

Although FC Vaslui threw itself in the attack from the first minute of the second half, its plans were scuttled when Bogdan Stancu scored Steaua’s second goal in the 48th minute after an assist from the same Surdu. FC Vaslui missed a great goal scoring opportunity immediately afterwards when Wesley was unable to find the net. Surdu sealed the game for Steaua in the 53rd minute with a powerful long-distance shot. The result pushed Steaua on second place in the standings, in a tie with league leader Dinamo. “We had a very difficult week, we played three games and had good results and that is why I want to congratulate the players for the determination and focus they have shown. Today’s result is their complete merit,” head coach Dumitrescu stated after the game.

Vaslui head coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro rejected fans’ calls for his resignation: “The fans deserve respect but I don’t agree with them. In the most difficult times the team has to be encouraged.”

The game was not short of unusual incidents. Steaua owner Gigi Becali stated that he was not allowed to enter the stadium’s official stands and was forced to go over a fence. He accused Vaslui owner Adrian Porumboiu: “The doors were closed. I had to go over a fence. This is Porumboiu. Is it nice for him to keep you out, to shut the doors?”

Also on Sunday FC Timisoara defeated Victoria Branesti (2-1 final score) and U Cluj defeated Otelul Galati (2-1 final score). FC Brasov played against Unirea Urziceni in the last game of leg 5 on Monday evening, after the closing of this edition.

Roni Levi leaves Unirea Urziceni

Israeli head coach Roni Levi has left Unirea Urziceni although he was initially supposed to remain for the games against FC Brasov, counting for leg 5 of League I, and Hajduk Split, counting for the return leg of the Europa League playoffs. “I want to thank all those with which I collaborated excellently at Unirea. Together we’ve experienced beautiful moments here. I didn’t have a conflict with the club owner, we parted ways amicably; I am leaving because I don’t believe there can still be financial stability and stability in what concerns the extended lineup,” Levi said. The head coach parted company with his players during their training session on Saturday.

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