APOEL defeated in Romania, Been on the way out
APOEL continued the poor form and fell 1-0 in Constanta against Viitorul for the first leg of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round.
The hosts started the game as the better side and took control of the match in the first half hour while Waterman’s good goalkeeping kept Viitorul off of the score sheet. Just before halftime, Viitorul wasted a great chance to open the scoring as Ceru’s header grazed Waterman’s post and the teams went into the break goalless.
The second half started the same way as the first and George Hadji completed all three substitutions in the first 20 minutes in order to keep up his side’s attacking pressure. A stellar, outswinging free kick from Ganea gave the hosts the deserving lead in the 74th minute, completely disorganizing for good the Galazokitrinoi.
Mario Been did not help much from the bench as he used only two of his three available substitutions, while Viitorul came close to doubling their lead when Merkis deflected Coman’s shot over Waterman’s post. During stoppage time, Viitorul’s Tucudean was sent off for a foul on Waterman and his absence in the second leg will be a huge loss for the Romanians.
Unfortunately for a third consecutive game, APOEL continued their unconvincing and problematic performances with coach Mario Been failing to provide what is expected from the team. Reports out of Cyprus indicate that this game was the last for the Dutch coach and assistant coach Giorgos Kostis will be in charge for next week’s second leg.