Game played @ 20:00 CET
With 2 games won in the last two rounds, coach Marian Rada became the man of the moment at Rapid. A win with FCM will bring Rapid closer to Europa League. Many first team players have medical problems so Pancu, Bozovici, Roman, Lazar and Cesinha are doubtful in front of the game with FCM Targu-Mures. All of them expected an evaluation friday night by the medical staff but unfortunatley we cannot know if they will play until one hour or two before the game.
The last two wins made Marian Rada as favourite to be coach of the team even from next season. Copos declared that he has also two other choices: Cristi Pustai and Razvan Lucescu.
Probable team: D.Coman - Rui Duarte, Marcos Antonio, Glauber, Ezequias - St.Grigorie, N.Grigore, Olberdam, Frunza - Pancu, Herea; Coach : Marian Rada; Injured: Cassio, Sburlea, Cesinha; Uncertain: Roman, Bozovic, C.Lazar; Suspended: -; Substitutes: Straton, Vidanov, Candido, Roman, Bozovic, C.Lazar, Ciolacu, Ionita
LAST GAME (Steaua Bucuresti - Rapid Bucuresti 0-1)
Scored: 0-1 Daniel Pancu (69)
Steaua: 12. Tatarusanu - 3. Emeghara (7. Szekely '60), 6. Gardos, 23. Geraldo, 14. Latovlevici - 5. Brandan - 16. Nicolita, 8. Radut (99. Maicon '73), 20. Dica (27. Marinescu '60), 10. Tanase - 11. Bilasco.Coach : Sorin Cartu.
Rapid: 1. Coman - 2. Rui Duarte, 4. M. Antonio, 27. Glauber, 3. Ezequias - 14. Roman (20. Grigorie '21), 8. Grigore, 15. Lazar (13. Olberdam '58), 19. Bozovici (11. Frunza '77) - 10. Herea, 77. Pancu. Coach: Marian Rada.
Yellow cards: Dica'17, Nicolita '71, Marinescu '81, Geraldo '86 - Pancu '28, Bozovici '76, Ezequias '85
Rapid managed to win an important game against Steaua away from home. With this success they made a big step towards Europa League, having with 3 rounds to go 2 points more than Steaua and Dinamo. This game is very important for Rapid and they will do everything possible to win the 3 points. In the first mutual game they lost 0-1 so it's time for revenge. The next games of Rapid are practically easy so they really have the chance to go in Europa League.
Ioan Ovidiu Sabau declared that FCM has the force to win with Rapid. "I always come with pleasure at Rapid. I spent 4 beautiful years there winning 2 titles. I heard that Copos wants me as coach from summer. I don't what will happen, now I am at Targu Mures where I would want to continue. We had a very good year, we resolved the relegation problem long time before the end. I would want my players to win the games with Rapid and Steaua."
For the game from saturday, Sabau cannot count on 2 important players from the midfield line. Issa Ba and Vasilache are suspended while Ruiz is injured and his presence is doubtful.
Probable team: Balauru - L.Rus, Iencsi, Bruno Fernandes, Cr.Munteanu, Szilagy - Vartic, Fl.Dan, Astafei - Didi, Zaharia; Coach: Ioan Ovidiu Sabau; Injured: Topic; Uncertain: Diego Ruiz; Suspended: I.Ba, Vasilache; Substitutea: Stetca, Cordos, Vagner, Diego Ruiz, Petcut, Raduta
LAST GAME (FCM Targu-Mures - Pandurii Targu-Jiu 1-0)
Scored: 1-0 Victor Astafei (90+2)
FCM Tagu-Murea: 22. Balauru - 15. L. Rus, 17. Iencsi, 33. Bruno Fernandes, 24. Szilagyi - 83. Vasilache (25. Vagner '61), 90. Issa Ba, 19. Fl. Dan, 21. Astafei -10. Didi (20. Raduta'68), 80. D. Zaharia (9. Ruiz '64). Coach: Ioan Ovidiu Sabau.
Pandurii Targu-Jiu: 22. Lazar - 26. Tataru, 5. Pintilii, 23. Rada, 29. Grecu - 25. Pleasca, 16. Nistor (19. Avramescu '87), 14. Voiculet - 18. Stromajer (10. Hidisan '84), 9. Apostu (8. Popete '70), 27. Lemnaru. Coach: Petre Grigoras
Yellow cards: Didi '12, Vasilache '15, Szilagyi '54, Issa Ba '80, Balauru '90+3 - Pintilii '31, Pleasca '54, Tataru '64
FCM Targu-Mures won the second game in a row(1-0) with a goal in the last minute. With this success they are on the 8th place. They will have two difficult games, with Giulesti and Rapid, then a game with steaua. The players can play relaxed by now being without an objective.
In my opinion FCM Targu-Mures isn't a team of places 1-10 and they won the last games being lucky. They didn't show anything good on the pitch. Wins with bottom placed teams have to be praised? Nope. Rapid has a great chance tomorrow to win and almost secure a European Cup place and I think they can do it. There are other reasons in my opinion why would Targu Mures be more relaxed. Sabau could be the coach of Rapid from summer and could want to coach a team that is in Europa League.