Friendly Report: Poli - Slovan Liberec 0:5 (0:3)

A rather humiliating defeat, I'd dare say, at the hands of 2006 Czech champions Slovan Liberec, took place yesterday, in the second to last match of the Cyprus friendlies.

Although Poli fielded a pretty solid team, they proved to be no match against their highly efficient opponents. Popa - Luchin, Ratiu, Cînu, Milhazes - Stancu, Borbely, Martinez, Artiom Karamian - Rusic, Bucur were sent on the pitch from the first minute, but not only did they concede three goals, they couldn't even muster one shot at goal!

With Pantilimon, Abiodun, Aliuta and Ganea replacing Popa, Stancu and Rusic at the beginning of the second half, the team fared a bit better and seriously tested the opposing goalkeeper two times. However, it was Slovan who scored two more times, sealing a the most severe defeat since Uhrin's arrival at Timisoara. Hopefully it was all just a bloody, big, once in a year mishap and the match against Metalurg Donetsk will enforce this hope! We'll see tomorrow.

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