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Danish delight, Iordanescu despair

Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 21.00CET
Romania 2-5 Denmark Denmark hit five to climb top of Group 2 - and prompt Anghel Iordanescu's resignation.

Match statistics

RomaniaDenmark

Goals scored2
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 21.00CET

Danish delight, Iordanescu despair

Romania 2-5 Denmark Denmark hit five to climb top of Group 2 - and prompt Anghel Iordanescu's resignation.

This was an extraordinary match but one Romanian football will want to forget. Beaten 5-2 at home in a game they could well have won, Romania subsequently lost their coach when Anghel Iordanescu announced afterwards he was quitting his post.

Extraordinary encouter
The scoreline did not reflect a game that for long periods Romania dominated, but a 45-metre effort and an own goal summed up their luck in an extraordinary encounter. "I don't remember seeing a game like this in my career," said the outgoing Iordanescu, whose resignation was followed by the news that Gheorghe Popescu and Iulian Filipescu have retired from the national team.

'Incredible bad luck'
Romania led 1-0 and 2-1 but ended up suffering a second successive home defeat in qualifying, as Denmark climbed to the top of Group 2 with their second win of the campaign. Iordanescu, who felt his team had suffered "incredible bad luck", said: "We've lost six vital points at home to Norway and Denmark and I must assume my responsibility and the only logical thing to do is step down."

Mutu opener
No one would have foreseen the post-match turmoil when Romania's early pressure earned them a goal after just five minutes. Vlad Munteanu curled in a free-kick from the right and Adrian Mutu dived in to beat Thomas Sørensen.

Rommedahl nets rebound
However, four minutes later, Denmark surprisingly pulled level on a sandy National Stadium pitch dubbed 'Copacabana' by the Bucharest press. Again the goal came from a free-kick as Thomas Gravesen's right-footed centre reached the head of Ebbe Sand. The striker's effort was saved by Bogdan Lobont, but Dennis Rommedahl was first to the rebound with a strong, angled shot.

Back in front
The home side could have fallen behind before the break when Jon Dahl Tomasson delayed his shot in a one-on-one with Lobont and the goalkeeper touched the ball away. Two minutes into the second period, however, Romania made it 2-1. Mutu broke down the left, left two Danish defenders for dead and cut the ball back to the onrushing Munteanu who made no mistake with his powerful shot. Again, though, the lead did not last long.

Outrageous lob
After Lobont emerged from his box to clear from the advancing Sand, Gravesen returned the ball with interest from 45 metres out. The Everton FC player's outrageous lob curled into the net on a perfect arc before the goalkeeper could recover. "It difficult to play away to a team like Romania, we were lucky to equalise so soon both times," said Denmark coach Morten Olsen, who admitted: "It was a strange game."

Contra own goal
Despite this setback, Romania continued to attack but Denmark's defence held firm and a two-minute spell brought them victory. With 19 minutes left, substitute Morten Wieghorst sent a high cross into the home box, Laurentiu Reghecampf attempted to head the ball to Lobont but the alert Tomasson pounced to score. In the Danes' next attack, Rommedahl sent a cross in from the left which was missed by Tomasson but struck the luckless Cosmin Contra and deflected in.

Final blow
Suddenly, the game was beyond Romania, despite good efforts from Mutu and a shot narrowly wide by Ioan Ganea. Denmark salted the wound with virtually the last kick of the game, Rommedahl playing a one-two with Sand and chipping the goalkeeper to seal a victory as stunning as the announcement that followed it.

Last updated: 29/03/03 22.20CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Denmark

Denmark

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ
1
SørensenThomas Sørensen
2
ContraCosmin Contra
Yellow Card70
Goal73
2
RytterThomas Rytter
Substitution34
3
RădoiMirel Rădoi
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen
4
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
Yellow Card15
5
ChivuCristian Chivu
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
6
PopescuGheorghe Popescu
6
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution67
7
CodreaPaul Codrea
Yellow Card54
Substitution62
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Goal53
8
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
Goal47
8
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution46
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal71
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal5
Yellow Card50
10
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Goal8
Goal90+2
11
PancuDaniel Pancu
Substitution67
11
SandEbbe Sand

Substitutes

12
SteleaBogdan Stelea
16
Jimmy NielsenJimmy Nielsen
13
ReghecampfLaurentiu A. Reghecampf
Substitution62
13
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
Substitution67
14
BratuFlorin Bratu
Substitution67
15
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution34
15
RaţRăzvan Raţ
17
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Substitution46
16
IencsiAdrian Iencsi
12
AlbrechtsenMartin Albrechtsen
17
StoicaAlin Stoica
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
18
MihalceaDumitru Mihalcea
18
BergSøren Berg

Coach

Anghel Iordanescu (ROU)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Carlos Martin Nieto (ESP), Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP)

Fourth official

Fernando Carmona Mendez (ESP)

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