In European matches, even small teams are a tough nut to crack. Especially if there is a long way ahead, both on wheels, and in the air to Kouvala in cold Finland. The team of Myllykoski, a suburb of this metropolis, has earned its place through UEFA's Fair Play ranking system, despite finishing 9th out of 14 in their national championship.
After defeating Estonia's Nava Trans and Andorra's Sant Julia, the Finns started the match against Poli with big ambitions. Perhaps prudent, or tired, our side accepted to be dominated, being pressed hard into our own half, also allowing a handfull of corner kicks. However, Goga had the first big opportunity of the match, hitting the bar, while MyPa responded in the same way some minutes later. Tameș scored the only goal of the first half, when he found himself with the ball after a well exercised free kick.
The second part was more entertaining, but unfortunately the equaliser came after a mistake from Pantilimon. With opportunities going both ways, Poli came out as winners when Axente managed the goal 15 minutes before the whistle.
An easy, but at the same time hard-earned victory, which, besides assuring somewhat the qualification, also adds precious points to Poli's international portfolio.
Poli: Pantilimon - Luchin, Mera, Cisovsky, Scutaru - Chiacu, Alexa, Tameş, Curtean - Goga, Magera
Axente for Curtean (min 45)
Contra for Chiacu (min 45)
Bourceanu for Tameş (min 84)