The white-violets recovered quickly from last week's shock defeat against Dinamo, and were quite close to sealing a victory in Ghencea, but defensive blunders squandered the goal advantage Poli had twice.
The first half was fairly bland and there were only few moments of interest. Steaua had the first big scoring opportunity, when Dayro Moreno couldn't profit off a poor Pantilimon save and hit the post from just a few meters. Poli replied through Parks, who received an excellent pass to be one on one with the keeper, but his attempt to get past Zapata was a failed one. Cisovsky could have slotted one in during first half added time, but his effort only amounted to a missed volley.
Poli had a great start to the second half, as Goga was there in the 51st minute to take a shot from the edge of the penalty area, the ball caught a slight deflection and went into goal! Bucur could have made it two just ten minutes later, but Zapata saved, before Pantilimon was tested by Kapetanos. The Poli keeper made another excellent save in the 68th minute, but Szekely recovered the ball, crossed, and Dayro Moreno, strolling alone through the penalty area, had an easy mission to header the ball in, equalizing for Steaua. However, in the 76th minute the white-violets managed to get back in front, after Badoi exquisitely converted a free-kick from 25 meters! Sadly though, Steaua pounced back, after Parks was unable to clear an easy ball in the penalty area, and Mirel Radoi took a shot from the edge of the area, which left Pantilimon stranded. Although the home side tried more in the last ten minutes, the end result remained two all, with Poli ruing their inability to hold on to their lead, despite the fact that the point well earned was satisfactory enough.
Poli: Pantilimon (6,5) - Badoi (6,5), Luchin (6), Cisovsky (5,5), Latovlevici (5,5) - Stancu (5,5), Borbely (6), Goga (6,5), Art. Karamyan (5,5) - Bucur (5,5), Parks (4,5)
Arm. Karamyan, Bonfim and Sanchez replaced Art. Karamyan, Parks and Bucur .
Goga goal (min 52):