This weekend the European Swimming Championships came to a close in Copenhagen, Denmark. Romania walks home with one medal, after Robert Glinta grabbed bronze in the 100-m backstroke race. Glinta finished the race in 49.99 seconds, a new national record. Glinta had set the previous record on Wednesday’s semi-finals, when he finished the race in 50.30 seconds.
Romania’s rugby champions Timisoara Saracens lost 17-20 on Saturday to Batumi of Georgia away from home. The match counted towards the group phase of Continental Shield, the third most important European inter-club competition. With 3 wins in 4 games, Timisoara Saracens tops the tables in Group A with 14 points, followed by Rovigo of Italy with 11 points, Heidelberger of Germany with 8 points and Viadana of Italy with 6 points. Batumi is top-of-the-tables in Group B with 12 points, followed by Calvisano of Italy with 7 points, Petrarca Padova, also of Italy, with 6 points, and CDUL of Portugal with 4 points.
The teams ranked first and second in each group are qualified directly to the semi-finals. The winner of Group A will play a double-leg match against the second-ranked team in Group B, while the winner of Group B will play a double-leg match against the second-ranked team in Group A. The finals will be played in two legs in April, and the winner will secure a place in the 2018-2019 edition of the Challenge Cup.
We end with news from football. This weekend saw matches counting towards the 22nd round of the Romanian First League. On Friday, Astra Giurgiu grabbed a narrow 2-1 home win over FC Botosani. On Saturday in Chiajna the local side Concordia drew 1-all against visitors Gaz Metan Medias. Also on Saturday, CSU Craiova grabbed an important 2-1 win over CFR Cluj on home turf. On Sunday, Poli Iasi trounced Juventus Bucharest 3-1, while FCSB defeated the defending champions Viitorul Constanta at home, final score 2-nil.
Another two matches are scheduled on Monday: FC Voluntari will play Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe while Poli Timisoara will take on Dinamo Bucharest.
CFR Cluj is ranked first in the league standings with 49 points, followed by FCSB with 47 points and Craiova with 43 points. (Translated by V. Palcu)