Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Viorel Hizo leads Rapid Bucureşti to victory over CS Otopeni

Once again Viorel Hizo came to rescue as the sixty-two year-old manager returned to lead Rapid Bucureşti for this fifth stint. Following the dreadful loss to Gaz Metan Mediaş, the wise veteran leader took charge and in his first match in-charge Rapid responded with an emphatic 3-0 devastation of CS Otopeni. The result pulls Rapid to within three points of CFR Cluj in the final Europa League spot.

After a scoring opening half Rapid took charge with João Paulo Andrade, on-loan from Porto, sent a powerful drive into the back of the net from twenty-five plus metres. Only six minutes later superb young product Lucian Răduţă gave Mr. Hizo reason to cheer as he scooped up a rebound of a João Paulo Andrade blocked attempt and drove the ball in from just inside the area. A minute into added time Ştefan Grigorie made it 3-0 as he took advantage of a similar loose ball and drove it in from fourteen metres.