The Romanian women’s basketball team was trounced 45-87 by France in an away match counting towards Group E of the 2019 European Championship preliminaries. This was the second defeat for Romania, after our country lost the first group fixture to Slovenia 59-80 at home. In the other match, Slovenia won 97-57 against Finland. France is ranked first with 4 points, followed by Slovenia with 4 points. Romania will next play Finland away from home on February 10 and now holds slim chances of qualifying. The winners of the eight groups and the best-ranked six teams that finish the group in second place will qualify directly. Serbia and Latvia are automatically qualified as host countries.
In men’s handball, Romania’s champions Dinamo Bucharest lost 29-33 away from home to Gorenje Velenje of Slovenia in Champions League’s Group C. This was Dinamo’s fifth consecutive defeat this season, putting the team in last place in the group standings. Skjern Handbold of Denmark ranks first with 10 points, followed by Gorenje Velenje with 8 points, Elverum Handball of Norway with 8 points, Switzerland’s Kadetten Schaffhausen with 6 points. Dinamo is bottom of the tables with 2 points and will next play Elverum Handball at home on November 26.
In women’s handball, Romania’s champions CSM Bucharest will take on Vistal Gdynia of Poland at home in the sixth round of Champions League’s Group A. CSM is ranked first in the group standings with four wins in five matches.
We end with news from football. This weekend will see matches counting towards the 18th round of the Romanian First League. On Friday, Poli Timisoara will play FC Botosani, while Poli Iasi will go up against FCSB. On Saturday, Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe will play Gaz Metan Medias in the city of Brasov, while Universitatea Craiova will take on Juventus Bucharest on the newly inaugurated football stadium. On Sunday in Chiajna, the local side Concordia will face Astra Giurgiu, while the round’s highlight match will pit Dinamo Bucharest against CFR Cluj. The last match of the round, FC Voluntari versus Viitorul Constanta, is slated for Monday.
FCSB tops the league tables with 38 points, followed by runner-up CFR Cluj with 37 points.
(Translated by V. Palcu)