Romanian champions CFR Cluj on
Thursday ended their Europa League run this season. In the return leg of the
competition's round of 32, the team from Cluj drew nil-all against Spanish side
FC Seville away from home. In the first leg played a week ago, Cluj had drawn
1-all, so Seville moved on to the next phase on aggregate.
This weekend will see the first
round of the group phase in the domestic championship. In Group 2, on Friday,
Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe will play Poli Iasi, while Dinamo Bucharest will take on
Academica Clinceni. On Saturday, Viitorul Constanta will play FC Voluntari
while on Monday FC Hermannstadt will go up against Chindia Targoviste.
In Group 1, on Saturday, FC
Botosani will play FCSB. On Sunday, Universitatea Craiova will go up against
Gaz Metan Medias. On Monday, CFR Cluj will take on Astra Giurgiu at home. CFR
tops the league tables with 26 points, followed by Universitatea Craiova and FC
Botosani, each with 23 points.
We move on to news from women's
handball. On Saturday, SCM Ramnicu Valcea will play Savehof of Sweden in the
last but one round in the group phase. Gyor is currently the leader in Group 2
with 15 points, followed by Brest Bretagne of France with 13 points, Buducnost
Podgorica of Montenegro with 10 points, SCM Ramnicu Valcea with 5 points, Krim
Ljubljana of Slovenia with 3 points and Savehof of Sweden with 2 points. In
Group 1, on Sunday, CSM Bucharest will take on Metz of France away from home.
The French club is the leader of the group, with the same number of points as
Team Esbjerg of Denmark, 11. Rostov Don of Russia is in 3rd place
with 9 points, the same as CSM Bucharest, although with a better goal-average
ratio. Vipers Kristiansand of Norway ranks 5th with 5 points,
followed by Hungary's Ferencvaros with 3 points.
In men's handball, let us note that
Dinamo Bucharest will be playing the return leg of the Champions League round
of 16 playoffs at home against Sporting Lisbon of Portugal. In the first leg
played away from home the Romanian champions had won 26-25.
(Translated by V. Palcu)