We begin with news
from football. CFR Cluj have maintained their position at the top of Romanian
League One. In a fixture counting towards the championship's round 19 this past
Wednesday, CFR secured as 1-nil home win against Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe. It was
a hard-fought win for CFR Cluj since Brazilian defender Paulo Vinicius sank
their opponents on 86 minutes. Also on Wednesday, Academica Clinceni were held
by FC Hermannstadt to a 1-all draw at home. Also on Wednesday, in Bucharest,
Dinamo thrashed Chindia Targoviste, 4-1. This past Tuesday in Medias, the local
side Gaz Metan secured a 1-nil win against FC Voluntari, while FCSB secured a
2-1 home win against Politehnica Iasi. Round 19's last two fixtures on Thursday
will see Universitatea Craiova taking on FC Botosani, while Viitorul Constanta
are pitted against Astra Giurgiu.
Next it's news from men's handball. In a derby game counting towards the National Men's
Handball League's 13th round, vice-champions Dobrogea Sud Constanta
held Steaua Bucharest to a 31-all draw. Host team's Dobrogea Sud's Ionut Nistor
scored no less than seven goals, and also seven goals scored Steaua's top
scorer, the Spaniard Javier Humet, who was granted Romanian citizenship. Dinamo
are at the top of the table with 30 points on their record sheet. Following in
descending order are Potaissa Turda and Minaur Baia Mare, with 25 points each.
Steaua are 4th-placed, with 23 points, followed by Dobrogea Sud,
with 20 points.
women's handball team this coming Friday play their last chance if they want to
advance to the main group stage as part of the ongoing World Championship in
Japan. Tomas Ryde's trainees go against Hungary, in a fixture counting towards
Group C's last round. In the four fixtures they have played so far, Romania
have defeated Senegal and Kazakhstan, but lost to Spain and Montenegro.
For Romania, a
defeat by Hungary means the elimination of the national squad from the qualifying
race ahead of the 2020 edition of the Olympic Games.