Finally football again, and what a sweet pay-off for the months of "abstinence"! Poli controlled the match well against lowly Pandurii, but more than that, they kept focused throughout most of the game and won it convincingly.
Barely had the referee whistled the debut of the first half that Karamyan and Ganea came close to opening the score. It was however Bucur who did it in the 20th minute, after a Karamyan free-kick was punched to him by Pandurii's goalkeeper, Mingote! Aliuta then stretched the keeper with a long-shot, before Luchin, Karamyan and Bucur were all denied within one minute by the home side's Portuguese goalie.
After half-time, our side's efficiency increased. Just five minutes after the break, Abiodun received a great pass from Borbely, dribbled the goalkeeper and finished easily for 2:0. After Luchin's missed header a few minutes later, it was Borbely's turn to score, who sent a scorcher from thirty meters which hit the post and went in! While Pandurii managed to peg one back through Piturca, it was not enough for them to truly challenge Poli's win - which would have actually been by an even larger margin, had Popovici managed to convert the fine counter-attack lead by Aliuta, in the game's dying minutes.
Poli: Popa (6) - Milhazes (6), Brezinsky (6), Luchin (6,5), Badoi (6) -Art. Karamyan (6), Aliuta (6), Borbely (7), Abiodun (6,5) - Bucur (6), Ganea (6); Arman Karamyan, Popovici and Axente came on for Artavazd Karamyan, Bucur si Abiodun.
You can watch Bucur's goal here, Abiodun's here and Borbely's here.
So a great match to hit it off, which leaves room for hope! However, given Pandurii's poor quality of football, the level of our own potential remains in doubt, at least until next week's match against Unirea Urziceni.