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Goian glee as Romania beat Dutch

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.41CET
Romania 1-0 Netherlands
Dorin Goian's goal took Victor Piturca's side three points clear of their opponents at the top of Group G.
Goian glee as Romania beat Dutch
Romania celebrate victory against the Netherlands ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaniaNetherlands

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners3
 
8
Fouls committed13
 
14
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.41CET

Goian glee as Romania beat Dutch

Romania 1-0 Netherlands
Dorin Goian's goal took Victor Piturca's side three points clear of their opponents at the top of Group G.

Dorin Goian's goal gave Romania a narrow victory against the Netherlands which took Victor Piturca's side three points clear of their opponents at the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group G.

Opportunist finish
The FC Steaua Bucureşti defender tapped in with 19 minutes remaining at the Farul Stadium in Constanta, capitalising after Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had palmed out Paul Codrea's header. The win takes Romania to 23 points with three games to play; their next fixture comes in Luxembourg on Wednesday, when the Dutch host Slovenia.

Cautious opening
The opening 20 minutes were a cagey affair, with neither team willing to commit men forward and both content to try their luck from long range. Demy de Zeeuw's drive flew just too high for the visitors while Cristian Chivu's free-kick flashed centimetres wide of Stekelenburg's right-hand post. The first genuine chance was carved out by the Oranje though, when Rafael van der Vaart's left-wing corner was met by Wilfred Bouma whose header clipped the top of the crossbar.

Goalkeepers in action
Again, Marco van Basten's men might have taken the lead in the 34th minute but goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont was equal to Ruud van Nistelrooy's smart shot after the striker had turned cleverly inside the area. Romania began the second half at a livelier tempo, however, and Stekelenburg was called upon to make an acrobatic save to touch over a dipping long-distance shot from Adrian Mutu.

Goian glee
The keeper was finally beaten in the 71st minute when Chivu's left-wing free-kick was flicked on by Codrea – although Stekelenburg brilliantly saved the midfielder's effort, the ball fell kindly for Goian to prod in. The Netherlands pressed forward in search of an equaliser and almost found one in the final seconds. Lobont could only punch Clarence Seedorf's set-piece as far as the lurking Van der Vaart, who placed his shot past the keeper only for the outside of the upright to come to Romania's rescue.

Last updated: 14/10/07 17.20CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
15
GoianDorin Goian
Goal71
8
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst (C)
Yellow Card75
2
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
Yellow Card76
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Substitution68
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
3
OoijerAndré Ooijer
Substitution84
4
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
Yellow Card81
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
Yellow Card66
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card90+1
6
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
6
CodreaPaul Codrea
Yellow Card90+2
7
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution70
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Yellow Card64
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Yellow Card86
18
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
PopaMarius Cornel Popa (GK)
16
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
18
MarinPetre Marin
12
JaliensKew Jaliens
Substitution68
22
RaduŞtefan Radu
13
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
17
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
14
N. de JongNigel de Jong
20
DicăNicolae Dică
15
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
21
D.NiculaeDaniel Niculae
Substitution70
17
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Substitution84
7
BratuFlorin Bratu
11
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution78

Coach

Victor Piturca (ROU) Marco van Basten (NED)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)

Fourth official

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

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