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Oltenia do Romania proud

Oltenia AMA booked their place in the 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup finals after prevailing in intermediary round Group 6, with a 2-1 final-day win against Ukraine's Bastion Illichivski Odessa AMA proving decisive.

Oltenia will represent Romania at the 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup finals
Oltenia will represent Romania at the 2009 UEFA Regions' Cup finals ©FRF

Riosanu double
Things did not start promisingly for the Romanian hosts as they were held to a goalless draw by South-East Region AMA of Bulgaria – hosts and beaten finalists in the 2006/07 competition. But Oltenia recovered to beat AT Ialoveni AMA from neighbouring Moldova 4-0 in their second game, with Eugen Riosanu scoring twice either side of goals for Gabriel Petrovici and Constantin Vacaru.

Oltenia triumphant
Bastion Illichivski beat Ialoveni 5-1 in their opening fixture, and followed that up with a 1-1 draw against South-East Region, with Oleksandr Volchkov cancelling out Vabgel Stoyanov's opener. However, they were unable to get a grip on the final fixture with Oltenia, with goals from Costinel Mateita and Vacaru either side of half-time putting Florin Halagian's side firmly in control before Valerii Gaidarzhi pulled one back for the Ukrainian side late on.