The first one is always special. But it is hard to imagine a better scenario for the first goal than scoring it during stoppage time when trying to make it to the semi-finals.
Here’s what Alexandru Cretu had to say about his purple début: “It is an extraordinary feeling. It made an even more powerful impression on me because the match was so important, since we were trying to make it to the semi-finals. Every day, I try to better myself and to progress. When I’m out in the field, my goal is to help the team. I’m glad that I was able to contribute the goal which took us forward. We played a good match, we fought until the end, we didn’t give up and we were rewarded for it. You have to believe, and football repays you.”
He chose to run towards the bench to celebrate his goal.
“Since I don't score often, this experience is obviously even more important. This goal was more of an award for me. I ran towards the bench to celebrate with others; I didn’t want to enjoy this goal by myself. I wanted the entire team, the coach and all of my team-mates from the bench to celebrate together.”
The goal brought additional motivation, while Alex used his 180 minutes in the cup quarter-finals to bring back his competitive feeling.
“The most important thing for me is to be healthy. Health is the basis of everything. In the meantime, I had some issues with injuries and I needed some time to catch up. I feel well now, I’m glad to have gotten the chance to play both matches against Doměale, and I’m waiting for my next opportunity. I’m not the type of player who makes a difference with dribbling. However, I can run and fight for the ball a lot, and these are my main characteristics.”
We are going back to championship duels; the next challenge awaits us on Sunday in Celje.
“It is always very difficult to play in Celje as guests. In general, all teams are always particularly inspired when playing against Maribor; we’ve gotten used to it. It will be the same on Sunday. But we’ve set our path and determined our goal, and I believe that we’ll be rejoicing again on Sunday.”