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Romanian hopes revived

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.00CET
Romania 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina Second-half goals give the home side three important points.

Match statistics

RomaniaBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.00CET

Romanian hopes revived

Romania 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina Second-half goals give the home side three important points.

Goals at the beginning and end of the second half earned Romania a 2-0 win at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina that revived their hopes of qualifying from UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 2.

Tight at the top
The win moved Anghel Iordanescu's side to within one point of the top of the table following Denmark's 1-0 win against Norway, and means that just a single point separates the top three sides. Romania have nine points from their five games so far, and next face second-placed Norway away on Wednesday. Bosnia's hopes, meanwhile, suffered a setback with this result, and Blaz Sliškovic's team must wait until September for the chance to repair the damage when they face Norway.

Early chances
The first half was a tight affair, with the best chance falling to Ioan Ganea after two minutes, but the VfB Stuttgart striker was unable to find the target. The away side quickly responded through midfield player Mirko Hrgovic whose volley forced a fine save from Bogdan Lobont five minutes later.

Mutu magic
Romania made the breakthrough 20 seconds into the second period as Parma AC striker Adrian Mutu, who was a threat throughout, took advantage of some poor defending to open the scoring. The goal forced the visitors to abandon their defensive style and push forward in search of an equaliser, and Romania exploited the extra space in the closing stages as Ganea scored the second goal two minutes from time with a long-range lob.

'Job half done'
Iordanescu was pleased with his side's win, but insisted that the Norway game would be the real test. "We played as if our lives depended on it, but we got three points to accomplish half of our task over the next few days," he said. "In the first half we were unable to play our normal game because of the heat and our opponents. Under such circumstances, this was a hard-fought victory. However, the most difficult part is just beginning."

'We came for a point'
His opposite number Sliškovic was in philosophical mood after the game. "We came here for a point and were close to achieving that but, unfortunately, we failed to get a goal in the early stages," he said. "The game was heading towards a 0-0 draw but we made a defensive error and allowed Romania to open the scoring. Before the match I told my players that Adrian Mutu and Ioan Ganea needed to be marked very tightly and they were not. Romania were better than us in the final part of the match."

Last updated: 07/06/03 23.14CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ
1
HasagićKenan Hasagić
2
ContraCosmin Contra
2
BerberovićDžemal Berberović
Substitution79
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
3
MusićVedin Musić
4
IencsiAdrian Iencsi
4
KonjicMuhamed Konjic
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
5
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi
6
HibicMirsad Hibic (C)
7
CodreaPaul Codrea
Substitution65
7
BolićElvir Bolić
Yellow Card53
8
PancuDaniel Pancu
Yellow Card52
8
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
Yellow Card22
Substitution50
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
Goal87
9
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Goal46
Substitution87
10
GrujićVladan Grujić
11
IlieAdrian Ilie
Substitution79
11
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
SteleaBogdan Stelea
12
ToljaAlmir Tolja
13
BundeaZeno Marius Bundea
Substitution65
15
SpahićEmir Spahić
Substitution72
15
MiuIlie Miu
Substitution87
17
BartolovićMladen Bartolović
Substitution50
16
SoavaFlorin Soava
Substitution79
18
BlatnjakDragan Blatnjak
Substitution79
14
RaducanuClaudiu Raducanu
13
PapacSaša Papac
17
BratuFlorin Bratu
14
AlihodzicHaris Alihodzic
18
AliuţăMarian Aliuţă
16
MulinaSiniša Mulina

Coach

Anghel Iordanescu (ROU) Blaz Sliškovic (SRB)

Referee

Ruud Bossen (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Jantinus Meints (NED)

Fourth official

Peter van Dongen (NED)

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