The two teams came in to the match on mixed fortunes. Steaua lost their previous league game 1-0 against Târgu Mureş and came in to the game with an injury crisis in the forward positions. Whilst their counterparts Dinamo Bucharest, have won three of their previous five games, including a 3-2 victory against Pandurii Târgu Jiu last week.
Tempers were already high and fans were in full, singing spirit hours before the game had even kicked off. Excitement in the city of Bucharest was upon us as the Eternal Derby is the game both sets of fans want to win – for bragging right. Upon kick-off, the Steaua fans enjoyed their pyrotechnics and balloons whilst Dinamo fans unveiled a choreography of Charlie Chaplin.
Dinamo started off the better side with Kamil Bilinski having a chance after just seven minutes. The ball was crossed in from the right-flank, however a bobble on the pitch put the forward off, who couldn’t bring the ball under control.
Marius Alexe then had a chance just moments later, but forced Steaua goalkeeper, Giedrius Arlauskis, in to making a great save.
The tide started to turn then as Steaua looked to dominate. The home contingent shone a green laser in to the eyes of the Dinamo goalkeeper, who made a great save to deny Adrian Popa after quarter of an hour. Steaua then had the ball in the back of the net but the assistant referee has his flag up for offside, as Keserü was the wrong side of the defender.
Popa then continued his fine start to the game as he crosses the ball in towards Keserü – but Traian Marc was there to deny the forward.
A huge chance for Dinamo went begging as first – Bilinski was denied from a last ditch tackle from midfielder Andrei Prepeliţă, who showed his passion to get back to stop the forward. Bilinski was then denied again just seconds later as his left-footed strike from just inside the area forced Arlauskis in to parrying the ball. However, the Steaua keeper couldn’t clear his lines as the ball fell to Cosmin Matei who really should have done better from six-yards out.
Szukala then headed the home side in front on the stroke of half-time following a dead ball, crossed in from Lucian Sânmărtean – in front of the Dinamo supporters, to the delight of the home contingent.
Following the break – Steaua again looked the more likely to score and, they perhaps should have when Fernando Varela headed over from six-yards out. The defender was under no pressure at all and should have doubled his sides lead.
Dinamo youngster, Dorin Rotariu, looked promising since his inclusion and forced Arlauskis in to making another save.
However, it was Steaua who always looked the more prominent going forward and it was Papp who doubled the hosts lead, finishing in to an empty net after Popa did all of the hard work.
Two minutes later and Keşeru had the ball in the back of the net again for Steaua to put the game beyond doubt – and to give the hosts a deserved three points who took their chances when it really mattered.
Steaua are now five points clear in first place ahead of CFR Cluj who welcome Braşov to their stadium on Monday night.
Steaua Bucharest XI (4-2-3-1): Arlauskis – Papp, Varela, Szukala, Filip – Prepeliţă, Sânmărtean – Ad. Popa, Chipciu, Tănase – Keşeru.
Dinamo Bucharest XI (4-2-3-1): Marc – Fai, Nedelcearu, Cordoş, Grecu – Mansaly, Bărboianu – Lazar, Matei, Alexe – Bilinski.