Steaua and Rapid match counting for the second stage of Romanian Cup Group B ended 0-0. In the stands, the ultras duel was won by Peluza Sud, after the home side supporters displayed three spectacular choreographies and performed the pyrotechnic show of the season.
On the field, the difference in budget and tiers in Rapid’s favor was imperceptible, with a first half in which Steaua was better, but also with a huge goal opportunity for the guests in the final minutes of overtime.
The first shot came in the 22nd minute, Sierra caught a ”torpedo” from 20 meters, centrally, but his shot went just over the goal. We had to wait until the 37th minute to record another shot on goal, this time by Rapid’s Papeau.
Steaua ends the first half attacking, but Boiciuc’s header, after a cross from Maftei, falls onto the net of Drăghia’s goal. At the start of the second half, Chipirliu is a millimeter away from a perfect cross from Dobrescu, but the ball goes out of bounds.
In the 56th minute, Rapid has an important opportunity to score. Beța misses the intervention at a cross in the box, from the left, the ball reaches Albu who shoots, but Pop retains the ball. Nine minutes later, Onea hits a free kick well, but Pop is again at the post and saves.
Steaua has the best opportunity to score in the 75th minute. Chipirliu shoots from 30 meters, and Drăghia saves. From the resulting corner, the ball is perfectly centered in the box, to Vîrtej, but the perfect header of the defender is taken off the goal line by Kait.
Rapid could get the victory in the 90+1 minute. Borja Valle penetrates easily toward Steaua’s goal, reaches the central area near the box, and shoots, but the ball, deflected, is saved to the corner by Pop.
|Sierra||Albu (Oaidă 72′)|
|Bărbulescu (C) (Matei 83′)||Papeau (El Sawy 81′)|
|Drăghici||Cîrjan (Borja Valle 62′)|
|Chipirliu (Buziuc 89′)||Pănoiu (Bamgboye 62′)|
|Boiciuc (Chunchukov 81′)||Stan (Ioniță 72′)|
|Coach: Daniel Oprița||Coach: Cristian Bergodi|
Iancu – Enceanu, Raicu, Walace, Topuzov, Avram
Moldovan – Săpunaru, P. Iacob, Braun