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Romania’s football champions Astra Gurgiu ended in a 2-all draw their match against the Belgian eleven Genk in Europa League’s round-of-last 32. The guests had the lead twice, 1-nil and 2-1, respectively, thanks to the goals scored by Timoty Castagne on 25 minutes and Leandro Trossard on minute 83. Scoring for Astra were Constantin Budescu, on minute 43 and Japanese Takayuki Seto on 90 minutes. The return leg is scheduled in Genk next week.
Matches counting towards Romania’s League One’s 24th round are scheduled for the weekend. It is the third round before the end of the regular season. On Friday, CFR Cluj are pitted against ASA Targu Mures. On Saturday, FC Voluntari take on Gaz Metan Medias on home turf, while in the southern Romanian town of Drobeta Turnu Severin, CSU Craiova will face Steaua Bucharest. On Sunday, also in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Pandurii Targu Jiu are pitted against Concordia Chiajna, while in Giurgiu, also in the south, the local side Astra will play against Viitorul Constanta. On Monday, Poli Timisoara face Poli Iasi, while Dinamo Bucharest take on FC Botosani. Viitorul Constanta are still at the top of the table with 48 points, being followed by Steaua Bucharest with 42, and CSU Craiova, with 40 points.
Next it’s news from rugby. In the northern Romanian town of Iasi, Romania’s national rugby team will face Spain in a second match counting towards the Rugby Europe Championship 2017-2018 season. We recall that, last week, in the first match, Romania sustained a 38-41 defeat away from home, against Germany, in what was later described as the biggest surprise of the competition, ever since its beginning.
For the match against Spain, Romania’s national squad’s manager, the Welsh Lynn Howells has summoned sever new players. We recall that in its debut game in the present edition of the Rugby Europe Championship, Spain trounced Russia in Madrid, 16-6.
We go out with news from tennis. Romanian tennis player Horia Tecău and Dutch Jean Julien Rojer on Saturday will play the doubles finals in Rotterdam in the ATP tournament with 1,724,930 USD in prize money. On Thursday, Tecău and Rojer defeated the all-Spanish pair made of Feliciano and Marc Lopez, the 2nd seed pair in Rotterdam.