After five worrying performances comes this gem of a match, a well deserved victory over the believed in-form Rapid. The key to this win was undoubtedly the team's determination on the whole and, in particular, the presence of Arman Karamyan in the first eleven.
The Armenian midfielder right (for the day) scored both goals of the match, following two great passes/crosses from Magera and Artiom Karamyan. The rest of the match was defined by the good performance of Cisovsky, in defense, and Pantilimon's four important saves. It's especially satisficing to see the young Poli goalkeeper progress so quickly into a good goalkeeper, considering the fact that just over a year ago he was still having a hard time in the Romanian second league.
This win should put Timisoara manager Balint at ease, after coming under quite a bit of pressure following his debut in charge of the white-violets. Surely though, this win will have to be followed with one over Craiova, in the weekend, who are truly flying high, after their win today against league leaders Dinamo (2-0).
Poli: Pantilimon (7) - Badoi (5,5), Nibombe (6), Cisovsky (7), Latovlevici (6) - Arm. Karamyan (7), Alexa (6,5), Borbely (5,5), Art. Karamyan (6,5) - Bucur (6), Magera (6,5)
Au mai intrat Parks, Vrsici și Curtean, înlocuindu-i pe Bucur, Magera și Arm. Karamyan.
Goal Arm. Karamyan (min. 19):