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CFR remain in Romanian pole position

Published: Tuesday 11 March 2008, 17.06CET
CFR 1907 Cluj suffered their second Liga 1 defeat of the season at the start of March but nobody has capitalised as the top sides suffered a spate of inconsistency.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Bucharest
CFR remain in Romanian pole position
Steaua and coach Marius Lacatus are lurking ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 11 March 2008, 17.06CET

CFR remain in Romanian pole position

CFR 1907 Cluj suffered their second Liga 1 defeat of the season at the start of March but nobody has capitalised as the top sides suffered a spate of inconsistency.

CFR 1907 Cluj suffered only their second defeat of the season against FC Steaua Bucureşti at the start of the month but nobody has been able to capitalise as the top sides in Liga 1 suffered a spate of inconsistency.

Rapid fade
Five points clear during the winter break, CFR have won two and lost one since the league resumed at the end of February but that has not stopped Ioan Andone's team extending their advantage to eight. The cushion has been as much FC Rapid Bucureşti's doing as CFR's as losses to CFM Universitatea Cluj and FC Politehnica 1921 Ştiinţa Timişoara Romania have damaged their challenge, allowing Steaua to move alongside them on 44 points.

CFR challenge
Steaua beat the sides lying at opposite ends of the Liga 1 table, CFR and CS Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu, an achievement nevertheless undermined by the 2-1 defeat by struggling FC Politehnica Iaşi that had preceded it. It means it is almost impossible to predict how the remaining 12 rounds of fixtures will pan out. CFR are obvious favourites but Rapid and Steaua cast formidable shadows over their shoulder, and the leaders face a tricky run-in. There are trips to FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti and AFC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni, not to mention the small matter of a home meeting with Rapid.

Bucharest absentees
Fourth-placed Politehnica Timişoara are playing as well as anybody at the moment, a return of seven points in their three outings this year helping Dušan Uhrin Jr's charges close to within ten points of the summit. Dan Petrescu's FC Unirea Voluntari side are fifth after a succession of draws, while Dinamo are moving in the right direction under Gheorghe Multescu. They were eliminated from the Romanian Cup, and for the first time in 14 years, Bucharest will have no semi-final representatives. CFR are still involved, and will face CS Dacia Mioveni, while Unirea and FC Gloria Buzau meet in the other fixture.

Last updated: 11/03/08 17.07CET

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