Unirea Slobozia and FC Hermannstadt drew in the return of the play-off

After the consistent victory on the field of Steaua (4-1), four days ago, FC Hermannstadt got only one point in Slobozia, with Unirea, after a white draw, scor 0-0in the stage a 6-a of the League 2 play-off. The Sibiu team now has 53 points and could be overtaken by “U” Cluj, at the end of the stage, if those from Cluj-Napoca will win at home with Petrolul.

Sibiu is threatened with losing second place if “U” Cluj wins, on Tuesday, April 26, at home, with Petrolul. FC Hermannstadt scored only one point in Slobozia, where two other teams with promotion claims, “U” and Steaua, had so far been prevented. Marius Măldărășanu’s players now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.

First half, no shot on goal

Sibiu started the match up and Pantea demanded penalties in a phase in which he considered that the ball resumed by him, with his head, would have hit an Ialomita man in his arm, after he had initially taken the ground (‘3). Iulian Dima let the game continue and, after 5 minutes, Hora sent over the crossbar, from Pantea’s cross.
The game then moved to Iliev’s goal, but Bolohan (’15) and Traşcu (’22) shot inaccurately from the edge of the box.
Sibiu had some emotions in Silaghi’s counterattack, which was blocked at the moment by Bolohan’s shot, after combining with Afalna, then Gulceac sent over the crossbar, from 11-12 meters (’23).
The same Silaghi tried his luck twice, but each time he missed the target (’27, ’29).
At the other posts, Balaure tried to catch Poiana directly from a free kick from 30 meters, left side, but sent a little too high (’33).
Afalna had a great opportunity to score following a counterattack after 29 minutes, but Iliev’s shot from the left sailed high over the bar. (’37).
The last shot of the first half belonged to Călin Popescu, but he also failed to score well (’39), the first 45 minutes ending without a goal, moreover, without a shot on goal.

Something more lively after the break

Those who thought that Slobozia preferentially approaches the matches with the teams that are fighting for direct promotion were surprised to see that, even after the break, Mihalcea’s players did not take a step back, on the contrary.
Gulceac made a great block, though. in addition, under the direction of Iliev (’51).
Afalna also targeted the Bulgarian from Hermannstadt’s goal (53), and two minutes later, Balaure tried to catch Poiana with a shot at the first bar, from a free kick from about 30 meters (’55).

After refreshing his team with Paraschi and Biceanu at the break, after a quarter of an hour two other players entered, Blejdea and Bucuroiu, but even so Hermannstadt did not look like a contender for promotion. Moreover, the people of Ialomita were more insistent, but Cruceru’s volley, from the edge of the 16-meter square, passed by, and Coadă sent too high from a great distance (’62).
Sibiu were a bit more insistent in the last 20 minutes, and Poiană really had the first applauding intervention when Daniel Paraschiv resumed after a shot from the corner of the field (’73).
Blejdea demanded penalties after a duel with Ibrian, but the “central” Dima considered that it was too little to indicate the point with lime (’76).
Entered recently, Gherghiceanu wasted a good opportunity of the hosts to open the score (’80).

In reply, Baba Alhassan sent with the earth, from the edge of the big square, but Poiana retained (’84).

The Ghanaian could bring victory in the last seconds, when he resumed from Opruț’s cross, Poiană was almost beaten, but Traşcu was on the path, and the Unionists escaped with a clean face.

FC Hermannstadt may lose the 2nd place, Unirea Slobozia remains on the 6th position

After the draws with “U” Cluj (2-2) and Steaua (0-0), the Ilfov team also confused Măldărășanu’s players, and FC Hermannstadt could leave the second place, directly promoted, if the team of the “red hats” will wins on Tuesday, April 26, on Cluj Arena, with Petrolul.

“Alb-roșii” now have 53 points, being only two lengths in front of the University of Cluj, and in the next stage they are on the third consecutive trip, to Chiajna (April 28, 20:00).

Instead, Unirea Slobozia has 36 points and is on the 6th place, the last one, being four points below Concordia Chiajna, which plays on Saturday (16:00) at Steaua. In the next round, Mihalcea’s team will meet “U” Cluj away (April 30, 15:00).


Slobozia Union: Poiană – Ibrian (cpt.), I. Dinu, Gab. Lazăr, Trașcu – Bolohan (Dorobanțu 90 + 2 ′), Coadă, Cruceru, Rob. Silaghi (Gherghiceanu 78 ′) – Gulceac (Seb. Ivan 65 ′), Afalna
Unused reserves: Mushroom – Mih. Lemnaru, Mustacă, Gîrbăcea
Coach: Adrian Mihalcea

FC Hermannstadt: Iliev – Pantea, Antoche, Bejan (captain), Opruț – Balaure (Blejdea 60 ′), Mino Sota (I. Năstăsie 78 ′), Alhassan, C. Popescu (Bucuroiu 60 ′) – Hora (D. Paraschiv 46 ′) , Buhăcianu (Biceanu 46 ′)
Unused reserves: I. Pop – Gab. Serban, Tomsa, Issah
Coach: Marius Măldărășanu

Stadium: May 1 (Slobozia – Ialomița); Referee: Iulian Dima (Bucharest); Assistants: Cosmin Bojan (Târgu Mureş) and Erchian Ionus (Medgidia); Reserve: Mihai Laurențiu Ene (Bucharest); Observers: Silviu Crângaşu (Ploieşti) and Petre Badea (Tulcea).

Photo: Petronel Tudor / Sport Pictures

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