The football teams CFR Cluj and Celtic Glasgow drew Wednesday night, 1-all, in the first leg of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League.
The Romanian champions scored first, thanks to Venezuelan-born Mario Rondon, on 28 minutes, but the Scottish team were quick to catch up. Only 9 minutes later, James Forest scored the equalizer. Under these circumstances, Celtic stands the best chances to move forward in the competition. The return leg will be played on August 13, in Glasgow, and the winner of this round is set to face Slavia Prague in the playoffs.
Also on Wednesday, Romanian striker George Puscas signed a 5-year contract with Reading FC, the British second-tier club announced on its official web page. The Italian media commented that the transfer from Inter Milan to Reading amounted to 8 million euros, plus a 2-million euro bonus.
Kiev, in Ukraine, is hosting these days the European Diving Championships. In the final of the synchronized platform diving event, on Wednesday, Romanians Nicoleta Angelica Muscalu and Antonia Mihaela Pavel came out 5th. The gold went to Italians Noemi Batki and Chiara Pellacani, the silver to Britain’s Phoebe Banks and Emily Martin, and the bronze to Russia’s Ekaterina Beliaeva and Yulia Timoshinina.
On Wednesday in Nicosia, Romania’s men’s basketball team won against Cyprus, 85-70, in Group F of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers. The best player of the game was Emanuel Cate, with 19 points, 10 steals and 2 assists. In the first match in the group, Slovakia had defeated Cyprus 67-60. On Saturday, August 10, Romania is playing in Ploiesti against Slovakia. The group winner will move on to the next stage of the European Championship preliminaries.
(translated by: Ana-Maria Popescu)