The white-violets gifted two points to their opponents on Saturday, after what was an ugly display of football, particularly during the first half.
Craiova scored first as M. Costea took advantage of a Bonfim blunder, just before half-time. Poli were more determined as the second half commenced and the equalizer came in the 63. minute, as Mera easily pushed the ball past the line after a free-kick. Controversy arose immediately, as our defender was accused to have fouled (a claim that Mera has admitted to), and Mitchell, of Craiova, slammed him to the ground, before throwing a bit of a punch towards Arman Karamyan. The referee pretended he didn't see anything, complacent in his obliviousness, and only two minutes later Mera was sent off, after a fairly reckless tackle which, under different circumstances, may not have warranted more than a yellow. Poli could've have still easily won the match, as Arm. Karamyan, Bucur and Chiacu had great scoring opportunities, but all three failed to convert.
Despite the disappointment, this match has to be put behind us as soon as possible, given that a vital Europa League game is up for grabs on Thursday.
Poli: Pantilimon (5) - Bonfim (4,5), Mera (5,5), Nibombe (6,5), Art. Karamyan (5) - Arm. Karamyan (4,5), Alexa (6), Bourceanu (5,5), Goga (5) - Bucur (5,5), Parks (6)
Cl. Ionescu (6,5) for Goga (min 45)
Scutaru for Bourceanu (min 71)
Chiacu for Parks (min 74)