Three teams will represent Romania in Europa League’s third preliminary round. CFR Cluj, FCSB and Universitatea Craiova. On Wednesday, CFR Cluj was edged out of the Champions League preliminaries by their Swedish challengers Malmo, who on aggregate went through to the competition, thanks to a 1-nil away win and a 1-all draw in the return leg they played at home. The tie counted towards the second leg of the second preliminary round.
Two Romanian teams proved their mettle in Europa League’s second preliminary round on Thursday. In Bucharest, FCSB defeated Slovenian contenders Rudar Velenje 4-nil. We recall FCSB had won the first leg 2-nil away from home. In the Netherlands in Arnhem, the local side Vitesse secured a 3-1 win against Viitorul Constanta. Since Arnhem drew in Romania, 2-all, the Dutch made headway into the competition on aggregate.
Winners of Romanian Cup in football Universitatea Craiova have secured a place straight into Europa League’s third preliminary round, where they go against RB Leipzig. The first leg is scheduled in Germany on August 9, while the return leg on August 16, in Craiova. The two other Romanian teams competing in Europa League’s third preliminary round will also play the first leg away from home. CFR Cluj go against Armenian champions Alashkert, while FCSB play Croatian side Hajduk Split.
In other news from football, domestic football this time, at the weekend, on Friday, Universitatea Craiova take on FC Botosani. On Saturday Astra face Sepsi Sfintu Gheorghe in Giurgiu, while in Cluj, CFR receive the visit of Concordia Chiajna. In the first match on Sunday, the teams that have been newly promoted to League One are pitted against one another, as FC Hermannstadt go against Dunarea Calarasi. On the National Arena in Bucharest, FCSB face Politehnica Iasi. The round’s last two games are scheduled this coming Monday, as Viitorul Constanta play FC Voluntari and Gaz Metan medias take on Dinamo Bucharest.
In Glasgow on Sunday, only one Romanian will compete in the seniors’ apparatus pieces finals at the European Gymnastics Championships. On Thursday, Denisa Golgota qualified for the floor and vault, coming in 5th in both events. Romania’s gymnastics team made of Denisa Golgotă, Carmen Ghiciuc, Laura Iacob and Nica Ivănuş was 12th-placed according to the final rankings and will not participate in the teams’ finals.