Europa League: Astra Giurgiu through to last 32 round, Steaua Bucharest – out
Romanian football team Astra Giurgiu has qualified to Europa League last 32 round following the 0-0 results against AS Roma Thursday evening, in Bucharest, in the last match counting for Group E. The qualification comes as in the other match Viktoria Plzen defeated Austria Vienna 3-2, recovering from 0-2 in ten men.
Denis Alibec scored in the 50th minute, but the goal was cancelled for faults against Emerson.
Astra Giurgiu has reached the last 32 round for the first time.
The beginning of the match has witnessed clashed between AS Roma supporters and the stewards, as the supporters threw with plastic chairs to the police forces, which used tear gas.
Astra: 1. Silviu Lung Jr — 77. Alexandru Stan, 22. Cristian Săpunaru (captain), 15. Cristian Oros, 4. Fabricio (11. Daniel Florea, 72nd min.), 17. Viorel Nicoară — 8. Takayuki Seto, 20. Florin Lovin, 80. Filipe Teixeira — 7. Denis Alibec (21. Daniel Niculae, 90th min.), 10. Constantin Budescu (19. Boubacar Mansaly, 88th min.). Coach: Marius Șumudică.
AS Roma: 19. Allisson Becker — 13. Bruno Peres, 15. Thomas Vermaelen, 3. Juan Jesus, 17. Moustapha Seck — 6. Kevin Strootman (4. Radja Nainggolan, 70th min.), 30. Gerson — 92. Stephan El Shaarawy (9. Edin Dzeko, 70th min.), 7. Juan Iturbe, 33. Emerson Palmieri (91. Riccardo Marchizza, 89th min.)—10. Francesco Totti (căpitan). Coach: Luciano Spalletti.
Coach Sumudica set to leave the team
Romanian coach Marius Sumudica announced right after the match he will leave the team in Giurgiu.
“It’s a beautiful and also a sad day, as it is for Alibec (to transfer to Steaua Bucharest as of this winter – our note). Instead of enjoying the moment, to go on together, we say goodbye to each other. Alibec is a great player, I thank him for everything. (…) Unfortunately this is probably my last day with Astra. I’ve brought here some EUR 15 million, it’s time to get respect, unfortunately I don’t get respect. I have an offer from the Turkish team Gaziantep, I’ll see if we reach an agreement. Astra is a closed chapter,” Sumudica said.
Steaua Bucharest out of the competition
In Group L, Steaua Bucharest was defeated by Villarreal 2-1 (1-0) away. The goals were scored by Nicola Sansone in 15th min, Manu Trigueros in 88th min. and Vlad Achim in the 55th min. respectively. Gabriel Tamas was shown the red card in the 79th min.
Steaua finished the competition on the fourth place in the group.
In the other match of the group Osmanlisport 2 FC Zurich 0.