Romanian football side CFR Cluj has
qualified for the second preliminary round of the Champions League after a 3-1
home win on Wednesday against Kazakh champions FC Astana. We recall the Kazakhs
had won the previous match 1-0.
The Romanians started off on the
wrong foot the game against Astana, which got the upper hand on the fourth
minute through a goal scored by Roman Murtazaev. French footballer Bilel Omrani
leveled the points six minutes later and an own goal by Evgheni Postnikov put
the Romanians in the lead 26 minutes into the game.
The same Omrani added a third for CFR
on the 73rd minute of the match. Astana's chances to level the
scoring in the extra time were all denied by CFR goalie, Giedrius Arlauskis of
Lithuania. This has been CFR's first win into the fresh season after two
defeats, 0-1 against Viitorul in Romania's Supercup and also in the
aforementioned Champions League game against Astana.
CFR drew one-all their game against
Poli Iasi in the domestic championship though. The Romanian side will be up
against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League's second
preliminary round. The first game is due in Cluj on July 23rd and
the return match in Israel a week later.
Romanian capital Bucharest is these
days seeing the BRD Bucharest Open, a WTA tennis tournament with 250 thousand
dollars in prize money. On Wednesday Irina Begu qualified for the quarter
finals of the singles competition after a 6-4, 6-3 win against Kaja Juva of
Slovenia. On Friday, Begu will be playing sixth seed Laura Siegemund of Germany
for a place in the semifinals. Siegemund has outperformed Lara Arrubarrena of
Spain 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 16.
The World Fencing Championship is
underway in Hungarian capital Budapest. Two Romanians on Wednesday qualified
for the main board of the saber contest: Andreea Lupu who comes after five wins
in her group and Bianca Pascu with four group wins and another victory she
obtained in the second preliminary round.
On Saturday, July 20th,
Lupu will be up against Fatma Kose of Turkey, wile Bianca Pascu will be trying
to outperform Yana Egorian of Russia, Olympic champion in Rio 2016.
On Wednesday night, Romanian tennis
player Simona Halep presented the Wimbledon Trophy she won on Saturday during a
ceremony attended by 20 thousand people on the National Arena in Bucharest.
(translated by bill)