Europa League: Difficult mission for Romanian teams

On Thursday evening the teams representing Romania in the Europa League – Petrolul Ploiesti, Astra Giurgiu and Pandurii Targu Jiu – are playing their last chances to qualify for the group stage, after all of them lost their first leg games last week.
Petrolul will play at home against Swansea, a team that crushed them 5-1 last week, but Petrolul coach Cosmin Contra no longer believes in miracles: “I want us to play for the small chances we have. If we play like we did in the last championship game when we won our away game against Astra, 2-1, then I believe we will have a chance. I hope the stadium will be full and the fans will make a show. I want us to score two goals before half time and to show Petrolul is not below Swansea,” Cosmin Contra stated on Digi.
After losing their away game against Israel’s Maccabi Haifa, 0-2, Astra Giurgiu have no other chance but to push for victory. “We still have a chance but we have to play at our real capacity. I hope the players did not forget how to play football,” Astra owner Ioan Niculae stated.
Pandurii Targu Jiu’s mission will not be easy either, being forced to overturn the disastrous result they registered last week at home against Braga, 0-1.

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