Monday, February 21, 2011
Christian Camacho and Sfintul Gheorghe pulled off an improbable draw against Moldovan giants Sheriff in Monday Divizia Nationala action.
Camacho started for the hosts and went the distance in his customary attacking midfielding position.
The match had been originally scheduled to be played Sunday at Sfintul's home stadium but then was moved to a new day and venue, Stadionul CPTF in Chisinau on Monday.
Riding a three match losing streak, Camacho and company faced a tall task against the 10-time defending league champions but amid the falling snow and blustery conditions, Sfintul sprung out to a surprising early lead.
A free kick in the 36th minute was taken by David Kakulia who played in a perfect ball that Mihail Platica headed into goal.
The hosts took that lead into the second half and were 35 minutes away from the monumental upset when Sheriff showed their class and equalized.
Nail Zamaliyev had gathered in a long ball right at the top of the Sfintul penalty area when he suddenly found himself staring at an open net.
Sfintul goalkeeper Leonid Groza had foolishly came off his line in hopes of deflecting away the long ball only to fall on his face.
Zamaliyev calmly collected the ball and slotted the ball into the open net.
Camacho had a chance at a late gamewinner for Sfintul but his right-footed shot sailed wide of the left post.
With the draw, Sfintul remain in last place in the standings with 10 points but are now just one point shy of safety. Both Gagauziya and Nistru sit at 11 points on the season.
The splitting of the points also did major harm to Sheriff's title aspirations as the holders find themselves in foreign territory sitting third, four points behind leaders Dacia.
Up next for Camacho and Sfintul is a road encounter on Saturday at Dinamo Bender.