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Germany and Romania share Group A spoils

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.44CET
Germany 1-1 Romania
The holders made an abject start to their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign, coming from behind to draw.
Germany and Romania share Group A spoils
Viorel Moldovan rejoices after giving Romania the lead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyRomania

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.44CET

Germany and Romania share Group A spoils

Germany 1-1 Romania
The holders made an abject start to their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign, coming from behind to draw.

Holders Germany kicked off their UEFA European Championship defence in unconvincing style, forced to come from behind to earn a draw in a game offering a memorable contrast in styles.

Romania's bright start was rewarded on five minutes when they capitalised on a slip by Thomas Linke's failure to cut out a long ball. Adrian Ilie pounced, feeding Viorel Moldovan with a cute pass across the box that was dutifully turned in. Mehmet Scholl's stunning strike levelled matters before the half-hour, but while Germany came closest to a winner when Oliver Bierhoff struck the post, Romania could also have taken the Group A spoils.

Germany went into a game deafened by talk of their being a declining force, and their bid to silence their detractors could not have got off to a worse start. Yet there was scant opportunity to come to terms with Moldovan's goal – there was more defending to do. Gheorghe Hagi was at the heart of it, shaking off a groin problem to provide his unique experience and cunning.

The playmaker's sorcery was at the heart of two openings for Moldovan, both directed over, but after a knock his influence waned and the pattern of the game changed. Germany began to retain possession and get men forward. Bierhoff forced a fine reflex save from Bogdan Stelea but the keeper was taken by complete surprise four minutes later when Scholl ended a bout of patient passing with a fine swerving shot.

Erich Ribbeck replaced Linke at half-time with Marko Rehmer, and the newcomer was still trying to judge the pace of the game when he hesitated over a long ball and allowed Moldovan a clear sight of goal; Oliver Kahn turned his shot wide. Bierhoff then sent a header against a post before Germany had a remarkable double let-off. Under pressure from Ilie, Kahn failed to gather a lofted ball but first with his left foot, then his right, Moldovan failed to make it count.

Last updated: 19/01/12 10.23CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Romania

Romania

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK)
12
SteleaBogdan Stelea (GK)
2
BabbelMarkus Babbel
2
PetrescuDan Petrescu
Substitution69
4
LinkeThomas Linke
Substitution46
3
CiobotariuLiviu Ciobotariu
6
NowotnyJens Nowotny
4
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Goal28
5
GâlcăConstantin Gâlcă
8
HässlerThomas Hässler
Substitution73
6
PopescuGheorghe Popescu
10
MatthäusLothar Matthäus
Substitution78
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
11
RinkPaulo Rink
9
V MoldovanViorel Moldovan
Goal5
Substitution85
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
10
HagiGheorghe Hagi (C)
Yellow Card49
Substitution73
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
11
IlieAdrian Ilie
Yellow Card49
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff (C)
13
ChivuCristian Chivu

Substitutes

12
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
21
PruneaFlorian Prunea (GK)
3
RehmerMarko Rehmer
Substitution46
7
MutuAdrian Mutu
Substitution73
5
BodeMarco Bode
15
LupescuIoan Lupescu
Substitution85
9
KirstenUlf Kirsten
22
ContraCosmin Contra
Substitution69
13
BallackMichael Ballack
14
PetreFlorentin Petre
14
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution73
16
RoşuLaurenţiu Roşu
15
WoszDariusz Wosz
17
BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici
18
DeislerSebastian Deisler
Substitution78
18
I GaneaIoan Ganea
19
JanckerCarsten Jancker
19
LincarErik Lincar
21
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
20
HîldanCatalin Hîldan

Coach

Erich Ribbeck (GER) Emeric Ienei (ROU)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jens Larsen (DEN), Roland Van Nylen (BEL)

Fourth official

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

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