Creative masterclass by Erick Johanna Omondi as he guides UTA Arad to victory

STARS ABROAD Creative masterclass by Erick Johanna Omondi as he guides UTA Arad to victory

Mark Kinyanjui 09:04 - 25.02.2024

The Harambee Stars midfielder, who has scored two goals and registered four assists in ten league games this season, inspired UTA Arad to victory on Saturday.

Harambee Stars midfielder Erick Johanna Omondi produced a creative display as he helped Romanian outfit UTA Arad get all the three points at the expense of Petrolul Ploiesti on Saturday.

Johana made three key passes and completed four out of six dribbles very successfully. Omondi has scored two goals and recorded four assists in ten league games this season.

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In the 17th minute, Petrolul Ploiesti had an opportunity to take the lead, but Berisha's shot from outside the box narrowly missed the target. Omondi tried a shot in the 43rd minute, testing Zima, the opposing goalkeeper, who made a save.

UTA Arad finally broke the deadlock when Omondi's freekick forced Zima to parry the ball, leading to Freitas converting the rebound into a goal.

With only a point separating the two teams, both UTA Arad and Petrolul Ploiesti needed a victory to enhance their chances of securing a place in the play-offs.

In their recent home performances, UTA Arad experienced only one defeat in the last nine matches, with three wins and five draws. The lone defeat occurred in December 2023 against Oțelul Galați.

On the other hand, Petrolul Ploiești has struggled away from home, with their last victory on the road dating back to October 2023 when they defeated Universitatea Craiova 3-1. Subsequently, they endured five draws and two defeats in away matches.

The historical head-to-head record between the two teams in the main domestic competition stands at 52 meetings. Each team has secured 21 victories, and 10 matches concluded in a draw