Steaua Bucharest qualified for the Romanian Cup final on Wednesday after it finished its away game against FC Brasov in a tie, score 1-1. The game counted for the return leg of the semifinal fixture. The first leg had finished 0-0.
Steaua qualified thanks to the goal scored by Nicolae Dica in the 86th minute. FC Brasov went ahead in the 41st minute, Ilyes converting a penalty awarded after Brandan played the ball with his hand in Steaua’s box.
Steaua had the game’s first chance in the 5th minute when Tanase’s high ball found Marinescu in the box. Marinescu however missed the shot. FC Brasov had a chance in the 30th minute but Cristescu’s shot went just wide.
At the start of the second half FC Brasov’s goalkeeper intercepted a dangerous high ball from Tanase. Dica was Steaua’s best player in the second half. In the 58th minute he shook the crossbar from a free kick. Dica scored the crucial goal in the 86th minute, with a 17-meter shot, Radut assisting him with a perfect pass. Szekely had missed a great opportunity one minute earlier.
FC Brasov played one man down after Brazil’s Filipe Teixeira was sent off in the 88th minute. FC Brasov failed to qualify for the Romanian Cup final. It would have been its first Romanian Cup final.
Steaua will probably meet Dinamo in the final on May 25. Dinamo won its first leg game against Gloria Bistrita, score 2-0. The two teams played the return leg last evening in Bucharest. The final will be played in Brasov. Steaua won a Romanian Cup final in Brasov in 1989 through a goal scored by Hagi. The last Romanian Cup final that pitted Dinamo against Steaua took place in 1990 (final score 6-4).
Steaua head coach Cosmin Olaroiu stated after the game that the credits for this performance should go strictly to the players. “It’s the players’ merit, not mine. They deserved it, didn’t they? They dominated the whole game while the opponents entered our own box basically only once,” Olaroiu said. Steaua’s head coach stated that “the penalty was an error.”
FC Brasov head coach Antonio Conceicao said during the press conference that he is very sad for what happened. “We are very sad for what happened, but unfortunately football does offer this kind of harsh, cruel moments,” Antonio Conceicao said. “I want to congratulate my players with all my honesty for the way in which they worked ever since I came at the team,” the Portugese stated, being quoted by sport.ro.