Friday, April 17, 2009

Cupa României semi-finals set

Cupa României moves the semi-finals Dinamo Bucureşti, Timişoara, CFR Cluj and Vaslui and advancing.

Dinamo Bucureşti defeated Rapid Bucureşti 4-2 in an exciting match. Costin Lazăr gave Rapid the one goal lead ten minutes into the match however an own-goal by Dănuț Perjă leveled it eight minutes later. Gabriel Boştină gave Dinamo the lead eight minutes before the half volleying in a loose ball from the top of the box following a corner. Six minutes past the hour Marius Niculae doubled Dinamo's lead as he headed Adrian Scarlatache's cross in. With ten minutes left the Romanian international Niculae added his second of the night as he chipped the ball over the 'keeper before heading in.

João Paulo Andrade added a consolation goal for Rapid in the second minute of added time but the match as decided with Dinamo winning 4-2.

Timişoara defeated Gloria Bistriţa 2-0 with both goals coming in the last minutes of the match. Just as regulation time ended striker Lukáš Magera raced into the box to fire a shot through goalkeeper Călin Albuţ's net and into the net. Two minutes into added time Alex Curtean drove the insurance goal in.

Defending champions CFR Cluj edged Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1-0. In a highly controversial decision Alexandru Piţurcă was adjudged a penalty off a corner, resulting in the matches lone goal as Sixto Peralta converted from the spot with two minutes left in the half.

The big upset of quarter-finals was Vaslui's 2-0 defeat Unirea Urziceni. Wesley gave the Vaslui the lead thirty two minutes into the match as he volleyed in Nemanja Milisavljević's cross from eleven metres. Bulgarian Stanislav Genchev doubled the margin with eleven minutes remaining as he drove the ball in from thirty-five metres.

The semi-finals will now pair CFR Cluj versus Vaslui and Dinamo Bucureşti versus Timişoara