Champions League: CFR Cluj defeats FC Astana 3-1 to qualify to second preliminary qualifying round
Romania’s football champions CFR Cluj has qualified to the second preliminary qualifying round of the Champions League Wednesday night, after defeating Kazakhstan’s FC Astana 3-1 (2-1) in Cluj-Napoca.
The Romanian champions have qualified with a lot of emotions after losing 0-1 in Kazakhstan.
The guests opened the score by Roman Murtazaev (4th min.) but the team coached by Dan Petrescu managed to score three times through Billel Omrani (10th, 73rd minutes) and Evghenyi Postnikov (26th minute, own goal) and in the last seconds of the match was lucky and escaped without a goal.
CFR will play in the second preliminary qualifying round of Champions League against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv, while FC Astana will face FC Santa Coloma (Andorra) in the second preliminary qualifying round of Europa League.
CFR Cluj: 87. Giedrius Arlauskis – 16. Mateo Susic, 55. Paulo Vinicius, 3. Andrei Burcă, 45. Mario Camora (captain) – 8. Damjan Djokovic, 37. Mihai Bordeianu, 19. Juan Culio – 10. Ciprian Deac (28. Ovidiu Hoban, 86th min.), 99. Mario Rondon (18. Valentin Ionuţ Costache, 66th min.), 9. Billel Omrani (11. Michael Pereira, 85th min.). Cooach: Dan Petrescu (photo 2).
FC Astana: 1. Nenad Eric (captain) – 2. Antonio Rukavina, 44. Evgheni Postnikov, 24. Luka Simunovic, 15. Abzal Beisebekov (5. Marin Anicic, 81st min.) – 27. Iuri Logvinenko – 14. Marin Tomasov (19. Firmin Mubele, 62nd min.), 18. Ivan Maevski, 10. Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (32. Rangelo Janga, 81st min.), 9. Dorin Rotariu – 45. Roman Murtazaev. Coach: Roman Grigorchuk.