Friday, May 8, 2009

Derby de România ends in draw

One of the sports greats rivalries, billed as the "Derby de România", between Dinamo Bucureşti and Steaua Bucureşti ended in a 1-1 draw. The result opens up the Liga table completely as Dan Petrescu's Unirea Urziceni can pull level with Dinamo if they beat Cluj on Sunday.

The match came with the standard animosity, with Gigi Becali no stranger to controversy as he had some choice words to describe Dinamo fans. After a tightly played match it looked to be headed to a scoreless draw when with nine minutes remaining Steaua Bucureşti took the one goal lead. Accepting the ball just outside the box Tiago Gomes laid the ball off to the right for Eric Bicfalvi whose effort from twenty-plus metres was helped in by Cosmin Moţi's deflection. It seemed that Steaua had the upset by the Roş-albii came storming back with a fortunate goal of their own. With three minutes left Claudiu Niculescu continued his resurgent play with Dinamo as his free-kick from thirty metres careened off Petre Marin and into the net to bring the match to its final score of 1-1