The white-violets just didn't have enough left in the tank to win this match against CFR, and the difference was made in terms of efficiency: the home side scored on both real scoring chances, while Poli missed five very good opportunities. Defeat is the price that has to be paid for that.
The team's chances to win the league are clearly diminished, particularly if the six points taken by FIFA will not be returned by the end of this month. Nevertheless, it is perhaps too much to be expected from an unexperienced manager and a squad that's been plagued with injuries of late. To my mind, even finishing on the podium is a great achievement.
Poli: Pantilimon (5) - Stancu (5), Luchin (5,5), Nibombe (5,5), Latovlevici (4) - Abiodun (5,5), Cisovsky (5,5), Borbely (5,5), Art. Karamyan (5,5) - Bucur (5), Magera (5,5)
Parks (5,5), Curtean (5,5) and Rusic replaced Abiodun, Nibombe and Bucur.
Goal Ruiz (min 50):