Romania’s football champions, Astra Giurgiu said farewell to the European cups after they had lost their second game to the Belgians from Genk in the Europa League’s round of 32. In the match played in Belgium, the hosts clinched a one-nil win, enough to secure their qualification after a first two-all draw in Romania a week ago. Astra’s main international performance so far remains their qualification for what’s been called the European Spring.
The 25th leg of the first Romanian football league kicks off this weekend with the first game on Friday, between ASA Targu Mures and FC Voluntari. On Saturday, Viitorul Constanta will be playing on their own turf Poli Timisoara from Western Romania, while in Bucharest on the National Arena, local side Dinamo is up against CSU Craiova.
On Sunday, FC Botosani plays a home game against Pandurii Targu Jiu, while Steaua travels to Medias to meet local side Gaz Metan. On Monday, in the leg’s last fixtures, Concordia Chiajna plays Astra Giurgiu, while Poli Iasi takes on CFR Cluj. Before this leg, which is the last but one in the domestic championships, Viitorul Constanta tops the table with 48 points; Steaua comes next with 45 and Craiova with 40.
In women’s handball, this weekend will be seeing a fresh Champions League round, with CSM Bucharest playing Larvik in Norway. In main group 2, the Romanian champions are ranking fourth with 7 points. Larvik comes third with 8 points, while Danish side Midtylland is second, also with 8 points. Hungarian side Gyor is the group’s leader with 11 points. Only the first four sides in the group’s rankings are qualified for the competition’s next leg, the quarterfinals.
(translated by: Daniel Bilt)