Rapid – Sepsi, a match counting for the 8th stage of the play-off, is scheduled for Friday, May 12, from 8:30 p.m., at Giuleşti Stadium, and will be broadcast live by Digi Sport 1, Orange Sport 1 and Prima Sport 1.
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Rapid and Sepsi meet in a match of pride, the two teams not being involved in any goal related to the championship in this end of the season.
Rapid is in 5th place, with 34 points, five points behind CFR Cluj, the team in 3rd place, the last one that ensures presence at the conference league stage (4th place offers this chance only if U Cluj, which does not have a license for European cups, wins the Romanian Cup final against Sepsi).
Giulești are coming after one of the biggest humiliations in the club’s history, the 2-7 defeat suffered in the previous stage at the Farul ground, as a result of which Rapid became the team with the weakest defense in the play-offs, with 16 goals conceded in seven matches.
In these conditions, although he is officially still supported by the two shareholders, Victor Angelescu and Dan Şucu, Adrian Mutu is no longer sure of his position, the first name being floated as a replacement, Marius Măldărăşanu, the former Giulești player succeeding one season over expectations with Hermannstadt.
“They are the same players who won with FCSB and CFR. We feel sorry for the supporters, we owe it to win the next match”, said Adrian Mutu.
Sepsi is in 6th place, with 25 points, and remains with only one goal this season, winning the Romanian Cup for the second year in a row, which would allow it to participate again in the Conference League.
The team coached by Cristiano Bergodi accumulated only four points in the play-off and won only one match, even the one in the round with Rapid, and in the previous stage they lost in Capital, score 1-3 with FCSB (Sepsi conceded, by the way , in each of the last five away matches).
“We have to play well, to be ready for the last match, the final of the Romanian Cup”, declared the Italian coach of Sepsi.
In the games of the regular season, the Giuleşti team won each time, 2-1 at Sf. Gheorghe (Sefer 27, Al. Ioniţă 45+2, respectively, Rondon 21p) and 3-0 in Giulesti (Dugandzic 5, 13, 19p) , and in the round match, from the play-off, Sepsi prevailed on their own ground against Rapid with 2-0 (Tudorie 26, Ştefănescu 86).
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