Saturday, April 25, 2009

CFR Cluj held to draw by Oţelul Galaţi

CFR Cluj dropped important points in their race to successfully defending their championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Oţelul Galaţi. The result, Cluj's second successive draw, drops them seven points off the top spot with seven weeks remaining in the campaign.

With four minutes left in the opening half Gabriel Mureşan was shown a straight red forcing Cluj to play a man down for the balance of the match. On the resulting free-kick former Litex Lovech-man Zhivko Zhelev gave Galaţi the lead as he struck a free-kick from just outside the area and took a helping deflection off the wall and into the net. Three minutes past the hour in a fast counter-attack led by Sebastián Dubarbier, Yssouf Koné received the ball on his left and sent the ball in from twelve metres.

The defending champions Cluj return to play as they welcome Dinamo Bucureşti on Sunday whilst Oţelul Galaţi faces Steaua Bucureşti