Mircea Axente mustered the winner as ASA Târgu Mureş beat FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 in Constanta to lift the Romanian Super Cup for the first time in their history.
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ASA Târgu Mureş have won the Romanian Super Cup for the first time in their history after beating FC Steaua Bucureşti 1-0 in Constanta.
Târgu Mureş only earned their spot in the Super Cup as championship runners-up last season, with Steaua edging Târgu Mureş to the title on the final day of the league campaign. The side from the capital could not add to their haul, however, despite creating the better chances in the first half.
Goalkeeper Eduard Stăncioiu twice kept Steaua at bay before the break and he also made a crucial intervention after the restart, before his opposite number Valentin Cojocaru was called into action at the other end of the pitch. The breakthrough finally came on 63 minutes as Mircea Axente found the net from close range following an excellent Paweł Golański cross.
That goal was enough to earn Târgu Mureş the silverware and consign Steaua to a second consecutive Super Cup defeat following their loss to FC Astra Giurgiu last year. It also meant a trophy for Dan Petrescu in his first and final game at the ASA helm. The former Romanian international was appointed last month but is set to take on a new challenge in China due to the club's financial struggles, with Târgu Mureş turning to Vasile Miriuță as his replacement.