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Portugal leave it late to see off Romania

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.56CET
Romania 0-1 Portugal
Substitute Costinha's 94th-minute header secured Portugal's passage to the quarter-finals.
Portugal leave it late to see off Romania
Costinha wheels away after his late winner ©Getty Images

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RomaniaPortugal

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.56CET

Portugal leave it late to see off Romania

Romania 0-1 Portugal
Substitute Costinha's 94th-minute header secured Portugal's passage to the quarter-finals.

Substitute Costinha scored in the last minute of added time in Arnhem to secure Portugal's passage to the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals with a game to spare.

In the dying embers of a fractious game, the midfielder rose to meet Luís Figo's free-kick, flicking a header past Bogdan Stelea in the Romania goal. There was little evidence of the dazzling style that had accounted for England in Portugal's opening game, but two wins from as many outings assures them of a top-two place in Group A; Romania's hopes hang by a thread.

There was a special award before the start of the match for Gheorghe Popescu in recognition of his 100th cap, but Romania received little else in the opening minutes as Portugal kept the ball with an easy assurance. Rui Costa and Luís Figo were in the thick of it, and the latter almost fashioned an opener for Nuno Gomes when Cristian Chivu lost possession just outside his area; the striker dragged his shot wide.

Romania's promise to shadow the experienced wingers every step of the way looked ill-founded, yet Chivu brought some encouragement at the other end when he made ground down the left and crossed dangerously. Vítor Baía bravely intervened, and he had to be alert to push away Adrian Ilie's swerving free-kick at the expense of a corner.

The game briefly sparked before half-time as Figo swung a free-kick towards Fernando Couto, who should have made more of his header. At the other end Gheorghe Hagi was not far wide with a shot from distance and, after the restart, Viorel Moldovan was unfortunate to see his header divert off a defender. Then momentum was lost, the game played at a walk.

Portugal showed willing, and coach Humberto Coelho brought on Sérgio Conceição and Sá Pinto in an attempt to inject some pace into proceedings. Romania responded by tightening things up, and may even have grabbed a winner when Hagi, found by Dan Petrescu's chip to the far post, screwed his volley wide.

With an earlier booking – his second of the tournament – having ruled Hagi out of Romania's next game against England, the playmaker looked determined to make an impression here, and his long-range effort forced Vítor Baía to tip over. Both teams looked to have settled for a point, however, when Costinha popped up to grab all three for Portugal.

Last updated: 17/01/12 16.00CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Portugal

Portugal

12
SteleaBogdan Stelea (GK)
1
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK) (C)
2
PetrescuDan Petrescu
Yellow Card22
Substitution64
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa
4
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
4
VidigalVidigal
5
GâlcăConstantin Gâlcă
5
CoutoFernando Couto
6
PopescuGheorghe Popescu
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Yellow Card30
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
8
João PintoJoão Pinto
Substitution56
9
V MoldovanViorel Moldovan
Substitution69
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution87
10
HagiGheorghe Hagi (C)
Yellow Card16
13
DimasDimas
11
IlieAdrian Ilie
Substitution78
17
Paulo BentoPaulo Bento
13
ChivuCristian Chivu
20
SecretárioSecretário
22
ContraCosmin Contra
Yellow Card27
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution56

Substitutes

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
12
Pedro EspinhaPedro Espinha (GK)
21
PruneaFlorian Prunea (GK)
22
QuimQuim (GK)
14
PetreFlorentin Petre
Substitution64
3
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
16
RoşuLaurenţiu Roşu
Substitution78
6
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
18
I GaneaIoan Ganea
Substitution69
9
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Substitution56
3
CiobotariuLiviu Ciobotariu
11
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution56
7
MutuAdrian Mutu
14
Abel XavierAbel Xavier
15
LupescuIoan Lupescu
15
CostinhaCostinha
Substitution87
Goal90+4
17
BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici
16
BetoBeto
19
LincarErik Lincar
18
PauletaPauleta
20
HîldanCatalin Hîldan
19
CapuchoCapucho

Coach

Emeric Ienei (ROU) Humberto Coelho (POR)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jacques Poudevigne (FRA), Dramane Dante (MLI)

Fourth official

Michel Piraux (BEL)

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