Romanian men's handball teams that have proved their mettle in Europa League's
second preliminary round this past Tuesday ended their fixtures in a draw. In
Constanta, the local side Handbal Club Dobrogea Sud ended the first half of the
match against Portuguese opponents Sporting Lisbon two goals down, 14 to 16.
Dobrogea Sud had a vigorous comeback early into the second half, scored five
goals in a row and secured a 19 to 16 advantage. Towards the end of the game Sporting
Lisbon braced up, levelled the score and were a whisker away from emerging as
winners, yet Ionut Nistor provided the equalizer in the last minute of regular
time, so the match ended 27-all.
central Romanian town of Turda, the local side Potaissa held their French
opponents, Fenix Toulouse, to an amazing 35-all draw. The first half of the
game was sort of balanced, with the guests being one, maybe two goals up form
Potaissa, so the first half ended 17-15 in favor of Fenix Toulouse. In the
second half, Fenix Toulouse were even five goals up from Potaissa, securing a
25-20 lead. The team from Turda came from behind and the confrontation regained
its balance once again. The return legs as part of the Europa League's second
preliminary round are scheduled on Tuesday, September 29.
coming weekend will see matches being played, counting towards the Champions
League in women's handball. In Group B on Saturday, SCM Ramnicu Valcea travel
to Moscow for a game against TSKA. So far, SCM Ramnicu Valcea have sustained
defeats in both legs they played in the competition's group stage. This coming
Sunday in Bucharest, CSM face Rostov Don, also from Russia. In their group, CSM
Bucharest are the only ones to have won both games they have played so far,
defeating Metz on home court and also outperforming Danish side Esbjerg, away
from home. Romanian handball legend Cristina Neagu scored 12 goals in the former
game and 10 in the latter.
secretary general of Romanian Handball Federation, former handball player
Cristina Varzaru, is, as of this week, the president of the Athletes'
Commission with the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee. Varzaru has thus
gained a full-fledged membership in the Executive Committee of the Romanian and
Sports Committee. In Izvorani, nearby Bucharest, the Olympic Committee will
hold the election General Assembly this coming Thursday.
(Translation by Eugen Nasta)