Also in negative mood were the press in Romania, despite the 0-0 draw in Northern Ireland that kept them top of Group F.
Daily sport paper Gazeta Sporturilor went with the headline: "Belfast one. After a poor match, Romania won its first ever point at Windsor Park," and wrote: "The point won in Belfast is good, but Hungary's victory in Helsinki complicates the situation. We depend on the match in Budapest ... The team without a name. We fought a lot, but didn't achieve too much. If we lose in Hungary, they will overtake us."
Pro Sport mused: "No Luci, no party! Our national team was incapable of building. The absence of Lucian Sănmărtean was decisive ... The goalkeeper [Ciprian] Tătărușanu was the only player with an acceptable display."
Adevărul added: "Petty draw in Belfast. The matches played by our national team are recommended to those who can not sleep. The way how we play is the perfect soporific."
Still, FC Shakhtar Donetsk's Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu is more positive: "The boys deserve congratulations. It is a very important for qualification, because this is the only thing which counts. We achieved this point thanks to a very good organisation. It wasn't a spectacular match and it couldn't be one. These kind of matches are played only in order to win points and the point won by us has a huge importance. Of course I expected more from our passing, but the Irish were very aggressive and did not allow us to build. I congratulate [Anghel] Iordanescu for his tactical intelligence. If we will qualify we will play for sure something else at the final tournament."
Anghel Iordanescu, Romania coach
Honestly speaking, we are satisfied with one point, which might have an enormous importance at the end. It’s true that our team suffered a lot, but taking into account the big number of injured players, it is a good result. I am sorry that we could not escape the pressure made by our opponent and that we could not give them problems.
I am happy that we resisted from the physical point of view. Now we have a good morale and we will be able to approach things in another way in the next match in Budapest.
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