FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will look on Thursday night to keep up the pressure on UEFA Europa League Group E leaders ACF Fiorentina as CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu come to Ukraine already resigned to elimination, according to uefa.com.
Dnipro and Fiorentina booked their places in the round of 32 on matchday four, but getting top spot in the section could be a major fillip, since the seeded sides in the draw get to play the second legs of their round of 32 ties at home.
Pandurii are one of four teams in the UEFA Europa League group stage who are making their European debuts this season alongside Wigan Athletic FC (ENG), FC Kuban Krasnodar (RUS) and Estoril Praia (POR).
A prolific striker with CS Gaz Metan Medias and FC Unirea Alba Iulia, Pandurii coach Cristian Pustai never got to play in Romania’s top division but has made up for that as a coach. He won promotion to Liga I with Gaz Metan, then took his old side into Europe for the first time, reaching the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs. Hired by Pandurii in January 2013, he helped the club secure a best ever finish of second in the league last season.