Some might call it an unexpected draw, but considering the way things went down Saturday evening at Mioveni, there will only be few people complaining about the end result - on our end.
While Poli seemed to control the game throughout its ninety minutes, it seemed for a long while that the home side would be leaving with all the points. They had opened the score in the 22nd minute, after a fine finish from defender Olteanu, could've scored two more times if Ratiu and Popa hadn't been careful and they scored again in the 60th minute, after Ratiu's blunder lead to an excellent finish by ex-Poli player Dan Balauru. But then, when few still thought it possible, Poli striked back! First, Rusic sent a visionary through pass to Bucur who finished eleganty past Stanca. Then, just a minute later (in the 80th), Torje struck a great goal from 25 meters, bringing the teams level again! Not much happend in the remaining minutes and ultimately the 2-2 draw suited us more than it did the home team.
On the foreign players, a few words. Rusic didn't excel today, he missed from a good position in the second half, but his pass to Bucur was well worth a goal. Vrsic had another lukewarm performance, with a free-kick on target saved by Stanca and a few good passes for the two forwards. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury which might keep him away from the pitch for a rather long time - no confirmation to this point, though. Artavazd Karamyan did decent, running the usual ups and downs on his left flank and then taking up a defensive position when duty called. Mansour came on for Latovlevici in the second half but - unsurprinsingly -ammounted to nothing. The rest, McKain, Srhoj and Abiodun were unused subs, while Arman Karamyan didn't make the team.
You can check Rusic's pass here.
Some ratings: Popa (6) - Latovlevici (5,5), Canu (6), Ratiu (5), Stancu (5,5) - Karamyan (6), Alexa (6), Vrsic (5,5), Torje (6,5) - Bucur (6), Rusic (5,5) with Mansour (5), Aliuta (5) and Dancia coming on for Latovlevici, Vrsic and Torje.
Next match: Tuesday's cup encounter against Prefab Modelu.
P.S. Vrsic out for at least two months with a leg injury. It's unlikely that he'll get to play any more this year.