Poli - Universitatea Cluj 3:0 (1:0)

Finally, a clear cut victory! Although today's opponents found themselves in last place before the match, it was pretty obvious to everyone involved that it wouldn't be an easy win for Poli.

And this showed during the first half as well, when the white-violets did little more than miss a few good scoring opportunities, even rattling the post in the 30th minute. But the game really didn't feel and look like good football. It was however enough for Arman Karamyan to insist for a ball in the penalty area and Universitatea's defense broke down, as the Armenian sent a well placed shot at the far post to make it 1-0 for Poli, in the 41st minute.
The second half started well for the away side, as Edvan's long range shot just missed the goal and Popa made a great save at Goga's shot. But it was Poli again who scored, this time through Artiom Karamyan, who dribbled a defender and finished in a similar manner to his brother for 2:0! Merlier then made a good save on Abiodun's shot, before Arman converted - only to be signaled off-side. However, it was to be 3:0, when Aliuta passed perfectly to Ganea who - finally - managed to score with a fine shot past the goalie. Just before the final whistle, Edvan saw the red card for two yellows, thereby only further encumbering the struggle Universitatea will face if they are to save themselves from relegation.

I'd like to highlight the performance of Borbely and Milhazes (who might not be as obvious as Arman and Artiom), because they definitely swayed me today to say that both are excellent transfers. They excelled all-around, both defensively and offensively and hopefully they will keep on playing well in the matches to come. Brezinsky fared better today than last week, although he doesn't seem very at ease with Luchin on his side. Hopefully they'll get to work better together, because it seems that Canu won't be see the "green of pitch" very soon. Abiodun was hard working as well and had it not been for Merlier's brilliant save, he would've added his name to the goalscorer's list as well.

It's important to emphasize that it wasn't all peaches today. The slow and mediocre performance in the first half, as well as the many missed scoring opportunities, need to be avoided if the team is to win against Otelul on Wednesday - and especially Dinamo next weekend.

Poli: Popa (6,5) - Milhazes (6,5), Luchin (6), Brezinsky (6), Bădoi (5,5) - Art. Karamyan (6,5), Aliuţă (6,5), Borbely (6,5), Abiodun (6) - Ganea (6), Arm. Karamyan (6,5). Martinez, Srhoj and Tibi Bălan came on for Arman Karamyan, Aliuţă and Artiom Karamyan.

You can watch the goals here.

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