Sunday, April 09, 2006

STEAUA vs RAPID (Take 2)


With the quarter-final first match between Rapid Bucuresti and Steaua Bucuresti having ended 1-1, we, the Romanians, have been waitting with enthusiasm and emotion this Thursday's return...

This thursday Steaua had a slight advantage after Banel Nicolita scored an away goal on Giulesti in the first match.
Also, Steaua Bucharest, the former European champions, was 'supported' and cheerd by almost 45.000 fans on the National 'Lia Manoliu' stadium. And the stadium was 'an ocean of RED and BLUE'

So, with Steaua needing only to keep a clean sheet at the Lia Manoliu stadium to earn a place in the last four, the thursday match was dominated by a defensive play of Steaua... with RAPID failing to score...

Although Rapid fought hard and dominated the game, Nicolae Dica, Banel Jardel Nicolita or Andrei Cristea caused moments of panic in the Rapid back line .

We can even say that Rapid dominated the game but the goal ocasions' came for Steaua.

Rapid played good football, struggling to get past a resolute Steaua defence, but Buga should have done better with a 64th-minute header, which he steered over the bar, while Emil Dica drilled a 20-metre effort past the right post. However, as Rapid's frustration showed, it was Steaua who almost snatched a winner. Nicolita's free-kick five minutes from time found the head of Sorin Ghionea, only for the Steaua defender to waste a golden opportunity with the goal at his mercy.

The last minutes were very dangerous for the fans with heart problems... Coman, Rapid's Goalkeeper came for a header at 10 meters of Steaua's post...

Rapid diserves our respect and admiration...They are a great team and they diserved a place n the semifinals!

Steaua qualified but DID NOT 'BEAT' RAPID! Steaua qualified but they did not won any match against Rapid...

In this 'ROMANIAN UEFA CUP FINAL', there was nothing to separate the teams over the two legs!!

... except, perhaps, a little assistance from above:

"For the first time ever we are all happy - me, the players and the fans - with a 0-0 draw,"Cosmin Olaroiu, Steaua's coach said.

"Both sides deserved to qualify. Rapid were in no way inferior and maybe God decided that Steaua should go through."

Another great young coach, Razvan Lucescu, who was hiding his emotion and sadness, made a swift exit from his post-match press conference, saying: "I am only staying here for 30 seconds because words are meaningless. Rapid are a sensational team and I am proud of being their coach. We went down bravely."

Ant Rapid sure did went down bravely...

Here you have a great picture with Viorel Moldovan, one of the best Rapid players and one of the best Romanian strikers in the last decade, crying like a baby... And I respect that! I admire his passion and his emotion...Although he is a very experienced player, he wanted so bad to win this match...


Although Rapid won a place in my heart... I remain a red&blue fan... and I sure hope that STEAUA will win the Semifinal agains BORO.

I am sure you know that Middelsbrough made a fantastic match against FC Basel.

I hope that the 4-1 against Basel will be the last victory for Middlesbrough in this year's UEFA Cup.
And I can't wait for the STEAUA vs SCHALKE 04 Final...
Or another STEAUA vs SEVILLIA final would be better?
I want to see the UEAFA trophy in Bucharest! I guess Steaua deservs it after 20 years...

And, Boro, you're goin' down on April 20!

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