This weekend the ATP World Tour Finals will come to an end in London. Two Romanians are competing in the semi-finals of the doubles event: Horia Tecau and Florin Mergea. Together with Rohan Bopanna of India, Florin Mergea won the Ashe/Smith group, while Horia Tecau won the Fleming/McEnroe group together with Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.
In handball, the final group fixture of the Champions League is scheduled this weekend. In Group D, CSM Bucharest is playing Savehof of Sweden on home turf. In Group A, HCM Baia Mare is taking on Larvik of Norway away from home on Saturday. CSM Bucharest and HCM Baia Mare have already secured qualification to the main group phase, an all-time first for Romanian handball.
In men’s handball, Minaur Baia Mare is playing the leader of Group D, Motor Zaporoje of Ukraine, also away from home.
Let us now look ahead at the matches counting towards the 18th round of the Romanian First League in football. On Friday, Concordia Chiajna is playing CS Universitatea Craiova on home turf.
On Saturday, CFR Cluj is going up against visitors from CSMS Iasi, while in Giurgiu the local side Astra is playing Poli Timisoara. Another two matches will be played on Sunday. In Targu Mures, ASA will go up against Viitorul Constanta, while the round’s highlight match is pitting Bucharest rivals Dinamo and Steaua, in a match played on Dinamo stadium in Bucharest.
The last match of the round is scheduled on Monday, when Pandurii Targu Jiu will play Petrolul Ploiesti.
Astra tops the league tables with 36 points, followed by Viitorul with 32 and Steaua and Pandurii, each with 30 points.
(Translation by: Vlad Palcu)