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Cluj cup success caps remarkable season

Published: Saturday 10 May 2008, 22.00CET
CFR 1907 Cluj won the Romanian Cup final by beating AFC Unirea Voluntari Urziceni 2-1 at the Ceahlaul stadium in Piatra Neamt to add to the first title triumph in their 101-year history.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
Published: Saturday 10 May 2008, 22.00CET

Cluj cup success caps remarkable season

CFR 1907 Cluj won the Romanian Cup final by beating AFC Unirea Voluntari Urziceni 2-1 at the Ceahlaul stadium in Piatra Neamt to add to the first title triumph in their 101-year history.

CFR 1907 Cluj won the Romanian Cup final by beating AFC Unirea Voluntari Urziceni 2-1 at the Ceahlaul stadium in Piatra Neamt to add to the first title triumph in their 101-year history.

Andone pedigree
The cup success caps an amazing season for the club given that it is also the first time they have taken that trophy as well. It is the fourth Romanian Cup to be won by coach Ioan Andone after he previously tasted glory three times with FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti.

Bucharest void
It had been 14 years since the final was played out by two teams from outside Bucharest and for the first time in 13 years a team from outside that city claimed the trophy. The last provincial team to achieve this was FC Petrolul Ploiesti when they overcame FC Rapid Bucureşti in 1995.

Even match
The match was an even contest throughout even though CFR opened the scoring in the 49th minute when the Argentinian Diego Ruiz sent a spectacular shot in from 17 metres. Nine minutes later, Ciprian Danalache equalised with a nice volley from inside the penalty area for a Unirea side also making their first appearance in the final.

Semedo winner
The decisive moment came in the 64th minute when Portuguese striker António Semedo made it 2-1 from close range after Unirea's goalkeeper Bogdan Stelea had saved his first effort. Unirea had some fine opportunities to level again but CFR goalkeeper Eduard Stancioiu held firm to avert extra time.

 
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