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Sunday, 05 April 2009 23:39

Romania: Simao makes debut in Bucharest derby

Liga 1 round-up

RomaniaBruno Simao took his bow for new club Dinamo Bucharest and impressed in defence as the league-leaders thrashed city rivals Rapid 3-0 on Saturday evening to stay four points clear at the top.

23-year-old defender Simao signed for Dinamo in February, having spent the first half of the season with second-division UTA Arad. However, the Lisbon-born stopper had to wait until this weekend for his debut, impressing at left-back in his team’s resounding victory. There were three Portuguese involved for Rapid, with Ricardo Fernandes and Joao Paulo Andrade starting, while Joao Paulo Pinto was introduced just before the hour.

Dinamo’s nearest challengers are Unirea Urziceni, who stay within four points of the leaders thanks to a 1-0 win over Otopeni on Saturday. The hosts were without stopper Bruno Fernandes, while Otopeni fielded Vitinha and Nuno Diogo in their defence for the match.

Champions Cluj, who appointed Portuguese manager Toni on Sunday, were 3-0 winners over Vaslui on Saturday afternoon. Midfield playmaker Dani was the only Portuguese involved for Cluj, while Hugo Luz was in the Vaslui defence. The win saw Cluj up to fourth place, but they remain seven points adrift of leaders Dinamo.

Steaua Bucharest, with Antonio Semedo in attack, gave their disappointing season a boost with a much-needed three points, beating Gloria Bistrita 1-0 in the capital.  Meanwhile, relegation-bound Gloria Buzau selected four Portuguese in their line-up for a heavy 4-1 defeat at Poli Timisoara, fielding Luis Dias, Diogo Silva, Pedro Moreira, Filipe Falardo.

Elsewhere, there was a Portuguese forward on either side as Politehnica Iasi (Nuno Viveiros) ran out 3-0 winners at Farul Constanta (Chico) to move three points clear of the drop zone. Rui Duarte started and Paulo Adriano came on as a substitute for Brasov in their 2-1 victory over Gaz Metan. Mingote kept goal for Pandurii Targu-Jiu as they went down 2-1 at FC Arges.

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