The latest from men’s and women’s handball and football.
In a Champions League fixture, the Romanian men’s handball team Dinamo Bucharest travel to Braga in Portugal to take on ABC/Uminho this coming Saturday. Ahead of the League’s fourth round, Dinamo are the runner-up team in Group D, with 4 points in three games, second only to French team Nantes, who have 5 points. In their previous fixtures, Dinamo grabbed a 35-31 win against Ukraine’s Motor Zaporoje, and drew against Danish side Holstebro, 32-all, away from home and against Besiktash Istanbul, 26-all, on home ground.
On Saturday, two Romanian teams play their games counting towards the second leg of the second preliminary round. On home court, SCM Politehnica Timişoara take on Norwegian contenders Arendal, a team they defeated in the first leg narrowly 24-23.
Away from home, CSM Bucharest face Croatian side Zamet, having won the first leg a week ago on home ground, 29-23.
It’s handball again, but it’s women’s handball this time. Games counting towards the Champions League’s early stages will see last year’s winner and Romania’s champion team CSM Bucharest taking on Russian opponents Rostov on home court, this coming Sunday. Also part of the league’s Group C are Hungarian team Audi ETO Györ and Midtjylland of Denmark.
In the EHF Cup in women’s handball, Dunarea Braila travel to Belarus to take on Gomel, while Corona Brasov travel to Germany to take on Bietigheim. On Sunday, HCM Roman face Hungarian side Alba Fehérvár. Both fixtures count as the first leg of the second preliminary round.
We go out with news from football, since from Friday and all through to Monday games are played, counting towards Romanian First League’s 12th round. On Friday, CFR Cluj face CSM Poli Iasi. On Saturday, FC Botosani take on Pandurii Targu Jiu, away from home, while Astra Giurgiu play Concordia Chiajna on home turf. On Sunday, ASA Targu Mures take on FC Voluntari away from home, while in Bucharest Steaua face Gaz Metan Mediaş. The round’s last games are scheduled on Monday, as Poli Timişoara are pitted against Viitorul Constanţa while CSU Craiova take on Dinamo Bucureşti. After 11 rounds, Steaua are at the top of the table with 26 points followed by Craiova and Viitorul, each with 20 points.
(Translated by E. Nasta)