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Monday, 29 March 2010 01:14

Romania: Semedo, Fernandes in the thick of the action in eight-goal thriller

Unirea Urziceni 4-4 Dinamo Bucharest

Two of Romania’s title hopefuls faced off on Sunday evening as champions Unirea Urziceni hosted Dinamo Bucharest at the Tineretuliu. The result was a memorable draw involving eight goals, two of which were accountable to Unirea’s Portuguese duo Antonio Semedo (pictured) and Bruno Fernandes.

The Romanian First Division is currently enjoying a fantastic title race, with the top six separated by just one point after this weekend’s games. That excitement was typified by an incredible start to the match in Urziceni that saw four goals and the scores level at 2-2 after just ten minutes of play.

Marius Onofras put the home side ahead in the second minute, but an embarrassing moment for Unirea defender Fernandes saw Dinamo level almost immediately. The former Belenenses stopper attempted to make a pass back to his goalkeeper, but the ball rolled wide of Daniel Ovidiu and into the corner of the net on six minutes.

Dinamo went ahead two minutes later through Andrei Cristea, but Portuguese forward Antonio Semedo squared things up at 2-2 on the 10-minute mark. Semedo, 30, who previously played in Romania for Steaua Bucharest and CFR Cluj, did well to control the ball outside the area and beat Emilian Dolha with a perfectly-placed sidefooted finish.

The visitors went back into the lead three minutes into the second half through Gabriel Torje, and Dinamo made it 4-2 on 64 minutes when Cristea got his second from the penalty spot. Marius Bilasco scored a penalty to get Unirea back into the game, before Bruno Fernandes repaired some of the damage from his own goal by crossing for Bilasco to get his second and tie the game up at 4-4 deep into injury time at the end of the match.

The result sees Unirea in 5th place with 42 points, although the champions are just one point off leaders CFR Cluj, who lead the table on goal difference from Steaua Bucharest on 43 points. FC Timisoara in 3rd (42 points), Dinamo in 4th (42) and Vaslui in 6th (41) are all still in contention in what promises to be a thrilling last end to the season.


[1-0] Onofras, 2’
[1-1] Bruno Fernandes, 6’ (OG)
[1-2] Cristea, 8’
[2-2] Semedo, 10’
[2-3] Torje, 48’
[2-4] Cristea, 64’ (pen)
[3-4] Bilasco , 70’ (pen)
[4-4] Bilasco, 90’

By Sean Gillen

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