The white-violets put forth an astounding showcasing of cynical football, which would have been perfect if Bonfim hadn't blundered his way in offering two goals for the home side. In truth though, the result itself is more than we deserved as such and better than most people had hoped for, so there's clearly no reason why miracles shouldn't happen in the second leg.
Bucur scored both of Poli's goals, first after a great play by Parks (who got injured in the mean time) and secondly after a perfect counter-attack, and had he not converted the only two scoring chances we had this evening, it would've been a very different match. Shakhtar had plenty of opportunities, they even hit the post twice, but in the end they took advantage of the aforementioned errors, with Pantilimon helping as well at the second goal.
It's clear that we have to do even better at home to get through, particularly in terms of actual gameplay, but given our limited resources this result is an excellent achievement. There's still room for hope and that's all that I had hoped for.
Poli: Pantilimon (6) - Bonfim (3), Nibombe (6), Cisovsky (6,5), Artiom Karamyan (5,5) - Arm. Karamyan (5,5), Bourceanu (6,5), Alexa (6,5), Curtean (5,5) - Bucur (7,5), Parks (6,5)
Magera (5) for Parks (min 27)
Stancu (5,5) for Alexa (min 71)
Ionescu for Bucur (min 91)