Despite the cold weather, Poli are as "hot" as they get, at least in the Romanian League. Today's opponents, FC Vaslui, are also engaged in the UEFA Cup and have even managed a 0-0 draw away against Slavia Prague, but today they were trampeled upon by a very determined Politehnica.
The first half wasn't terribly exciting, although the white-violets were in control most of the time and came close to scoring through Gigel Bucur, twice. But it was FC Vaslui who opened the scoreline, at their first scoring opportunity, as Stancu lost a ball in the midfield and Temwanjira received a good pass which he converted precisely (34th minute). The advatange of the away side only lasted a few minutes, as Gigel Bucur pushed in Wintson Park's cross to draw level (43rd minute).
Vaslui came close to getting back the lead at the beginning of the second half, but Pantilimon saved well, before Parks turned on his motors and humiliated the defense of Viorel Hizo's men. However, the Costa Rica player was unlucky and ultimately had to be replaced, because of an injury. There was someone else though who still had something to say and that was Marian Cisovky. The Slovakian defender picked up the ball in the midfield, went towards goal and hit a scorcher from 30 meters, sending the ball straight in the top corner of Kuciak's goal (74th minute)! Bucur made it three in the 80th minute, after twisting and turning in the Vaslui penalty area before hitting the ball towards the far corner! The away side could have scored again, but Bonfim's unlucky header (he's on our team) was lucky enough to only send the ball into the post, and not Pantilimon's goal, after a well taken corner kick.
So all around, it was a good performance by the white violets, especially thanks to Bucur, Parks and Cisovsky. I would also like to point out that Bonfim, despite the blunder towards the end, had a good display of football, and if he can root out the errors of his ways, there's no reason why the Brazilian shouldn't become a regular first team player.
Poli: Pantilimon (5,5) - Bonfim (5,5), Luchin (5), Cisovksy (7), Milhazes (5,5) - Stancu (4,5), Alexa (6), Borbely (5,5), Art. Karamyan (5) - Bucur (7), Parks (6,5).
Goga (5,5), Rusic (5) and Arm. Karamyan came on to replace Art. Karamyan, Parks and Bucur.