We begin with the latest from men's handball, as Steaua Bucharest clinched a dramatic 27-26 win against their all-time rival Dinamo. The game was hosted by the southern Romanian locality of Chiajna and counted towards the 8th-round of the National League. Defending champions Dinamo have been defeated for the first time in the ongoing season, after 7 consecutive wins in the domestic championship, another win in Romania's Supercup, three wins and a draw in the Champions League. Serbian handballer Krsto Milošević's goal made the difference in Steaua's last-gasp effort to win the match. Krsto Milošević was also the team's top scorer, with 7 goals. For Dinamo, the top scorer was Tunisian Amine Bannour, with 11 goals. Dinamo are at the top of the table with 21 points. Following in descending order are Minaur Baia Mare, with 19 points, Potaissa Turda and Steaua, with 16 points each.
This coming Sunday, Dinamo plays a fixture in Group D as part of the 5th round in the Champions League. Dinamo travels to Poland to take on Wisla Plock. In their most recent Champions League game, Dinamo thrashed Russia's Chekhovskye Medvedy, 30-20, Dinamo are at the top of the table in their group, with 7 points, followed by Danish side Gudme, with 6.
In news from women's handball, this coming Saturday will see matches being played, counting towards the Champions League. In Group C, Romani's title holders SCM Ramnicu Valcea travels to Podgorica for a match against Buducnost, So far, both team have two points on their record sheet, being 2nd and 3rd-placed, respectively. However, Buducnost has a better goal average. In Grouo B, CSM Bucharest receives the visit of Polish opponents Perla Lublin. CSM Bucharest have 3 points, being the runner-up team in their group, after Russia's Rostov Don, with a similar number of points, but with a better goal average. Perla Lublin are 4th-placed in the group, with zero points on their record sheet.
The Romanian teams playing their fixtures in the second round of the qualifiers will play the second leg of their scheduled ties, having secured first-leg wins. Corona Brasov travels to San Sebastian in Spain, having clinched a 35-30 win against Bera Bera. After a 31-23 first-leg win against Galychana Lvov, Magura Cisnadie travels to Ukraine for the return leg of the tie. (Translated by Eugen Nasta)