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Monday, 23 March 2009 00:50

Romania: Cluj humbled; Hugo Luz, Chico score in six-goal thriller

Liga I round-up

hugo luzCFR Cluj’s hopes of retaining the Romanian title were dealt a severe blow as they were embarrassed 4-1 at Universitatea Craiova on Sunday evening, leaving them seven points adrift of the top.

Nuno Claro and Dani both started for Cluj, who were without captain Ricardo Cadu in defence. The champions now have thirteen matches left to make up the seven-point gap between themselves and top spot, but second place and Champions League qualification remains just three points away.

Dinamo Bucharest are still top of the league after a 3-1 win at Gloria Buzau. January signing Bruno Simao was not in action for Dinamo, but Luis Dias did come off the bench to play most of the second half for the Gloria.

The leaders have a four-point gap between themselves and surprise package Unirea Urziceni, who with Bruno Fernandes in defence, lost 1-0 to Gaz Metan. Ricardo Fernandes and Joao Paulo Pinto both started Rapid Bucharest’s 4-0 hammering of Otelul Galati, which sees them 3rd and five points back on leaders Dinamo.

Portuguese duo Tiago Gomes and Antonio Semedo were both left out of the Steaua line-up for their trip to FC Arges. Tiago was introduced ten minutes after the re-start and Semedo played the final nine minutes, as Steaua were held to another disappointing result and drop down to 8th place in the table.

There was a Portuguese goalscorer in either side as FC Vaslui beat Farul Constanta 4-2 on Saturday. Defender Hugo Luz opened the scoring for Vaslui on ten minutes, who were 4-1 up when Farul’s striker Chico pulled a goal back on 73 minutes to give the visitors brief hope of a fightback.

Otopeni, with Nuno Diogo and Vitinha in defence, drew 2-2 with a FC Timisoara side missing regular stopper Carlos Milhazes. Nuno Viveiros was in the Politehnica side which beat Gloria Bistrita 1-0, while Pandurii Targu-Jiu, with Mingote in goal, drew 0-0 at home with Brasov, who had Paulo Adriano in attack.

By Sean Gillen

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