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Two Romanian clubs have qualified for the group stage of the European competition Conference League. On Thursday, CFR Cluj and FCSB both won their play-off matches, while Universitatea Craiova missed their qualification in a dramatic match.

FCSB travelled to Norway having lost at home 1-2 to Viking Stavanger. Away, however, FCSM put on a determined play and luck was on their side. Viking's goal-keeper Patrik Gunnarsson made some mistakes, which cost his team dearly. FCSB scored first 3 minutes into the match, thanks to a header from Malcom Edjouma after a pass from Florinel Coman. Viking's Zlatko Tripic scored the equalising goal on minute 26 from a penalty shot after the Romanian goal-keeper tackled Daniel Karlsbakk. 10 minutes into the second half, Andrei Cordea scored for 2-1 for FCSB, and Risto Radunovic scored the final goal of the match following a penalty kick in the fourth minute of extra time, the final score 3-1. This is the first time since 2017 that FCSB reach the group stage of a European competition.

In Cluj, CFR received the Slovenian side NK Maribor, having drawn nil-all in their away match. CFR missed many opportunities to score, but the Slovenian side were equally dangerous. It wasn't until minute 90 that CFR managed to score, with their defender Lovro Cvek achieving a spectacular overhead. This is the fourth time that CFR have reached the group stage of a European competition.

Universitatea Craiova failed to qualify for the Conference League groups. After a 1-all draw against the Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the first leg, Craiova's Ante Roguljic opened the score in extra time on minute 105, but Hapoel's Tomer Hemed equalised one minute later. Hapoel eventually won the match in the penalty shoot-outs 4-3, after two misses from Craiova's Andrei Ivan and Nicuşor Bancu.

The 7th leg of the Romanian Superleague is taking place this weekend. After FC Voluntari vs. Universitatea Cluj and UTA vs. FCU Craiova on Friday, Petrolul Ploieşti are playing Mioveni, and Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe are playing Rapid Bucharest on Saturday. Three matches are scheduled for Sunday: FC Argeş vs. Chindia Târgovişte, CFR Cluj vs. Farul Constanţa and FCSB vs. Hermannstadt. The final match of the leg will be held on Monday, with Universitatea Craiova playing FC Botoşani. Farul and Rapid are in the lead in the standings with 12 points each, followed by FC Botoşani with 11 points.
Publicat: 2022-08-26 13:45:00
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