has taken a major step towards Romania's Cup finals in football.
The side coached
by Costel Enache has secured a 3-1 away win against CFR Cluj. Valentin Gheorghe
put Astra in the lead in the fifth minute, French Julien Begue added a second on
35 minutes and Mihai Butean sealed the points six minutes after half-time.
scored for the hosts on minute 15. CFR, presently ranking first in the first
league's standings, played without some of its best players, who are girding up
for their weekend match against Universitatea Craiova. In the other semifinals
game Universitatea Craiova will be taking on Viitorul Constanta. The return
semifinal games have been scheduled over April 23rd and 25th.
In a match
counting towards the fourth leg of the football championship in Kazakhstan,
Romanian international Dorin Rotariu scored a goal for his side FC Astana,
which secured a 3-1 home win against FC Atyrau on Wednesday. This has been
Rotariu's second goal in Kazakhstan. He played for 81 minutes in the match
against Atyrau and his side ranks first in the standings followed by Tobol
Kostanay and Kairat Almaty.
Now let's have a
look at the latest results in women's handball. CSM Bucharest will be playing at
home French side Metz in the first round of the quarter finals. The French side
emerged as winner of the League's main group one, whereas the Romanians ended
on the fourth position in their group. CSM's lineup will not include two of the
world's best players, Cristina Neagu and Norwegian Amanda Kurtovic.
The two sides
played against each other in the same stage of the competition last year. The home
game went to the Romanians 34-21 but they lost the away match 27-20. Metz,
currently ranking first in the French championship comes to Bucharest after a
33-36 defeat against Brest.