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Romania qualify at a canter

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.32CET
Luxembourg 0-2 Romania
Florentin Petre and Ciprian Marica scored for Romania to end their eight-year exile from major tournaments.
Romania qualify at a canter
Ciprian Marica scored Romania's second goal in Luxembourg ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LuxembourgRomania

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
6
Attempts off target1
 
7
Corners0
6
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.32CET

Romania qualify at a canter

Luxembourg 0-2 Romania
Florentin Petre and Ciprian Marica scored for Romania to end their eight-year exile from major tournaments.

Romania secured their place at UEFA EURO 2008™ with a comfortable victory against Group G strugglers Luxembourg.

Long wait
Goals in either half from Florentin Petre and Ciprian Marica sealed the win for Victor Piturca's side, who can now start planning for their first major tournament since UEFA EURO 2000™. Romania faced a wait after the match to learn if Bulgaria, who had started the night third in the section, could win in Albania, but they were rejoicing with the news of a 1-1 draw in Tirana.

Home confidence
The visitors were quickly into their stride and took the game to their opponents, who were full of confidence having recorded their first competitive success in 12 years against Belarus at the weekend. Nicolae Dică blazed an early effort wide as Romania sought to take control. Dică was involved again moments later, first shooting wide before testing the reflexes of home goalkeeper Stéphane Gillet with a free-kick.


In control

Dorin Goian then squandered another chance to put Romania ahead before Piturca's men finally made the breakthrough after 42 minutes. VfB Stuttgart striker Marica was the provider with a cross that Petre converted to send his side into an interval lead. After the break, it was a similar pattern of play to the first half as Romania continued to make the running, with Gillet being called into action to deal with a Daniel Niculae attempt. Niculae then turned supplier, setting up the second goal with a cross from the left for Marica to score with the easiest of finishes.

Last updated: 18/10/07 10.24CET

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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Romania

Romania

1
GilletStéphane Gillet (GK)
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
2
LangBenoit Lang
2
OgăraruGeorge Ogăraru
5
WagnerJean Wagner
4
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
3
KintzigerKim Kintziger
15
GoianDorin Goian
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
17
MutschMario Mutsch
10
PetreFlorentin Petre
Goal42
Yellow Card72
7
PayalBen Payal
Substitution68
13
MărgăritescuAndrei Mărgăritescu
6
PetersRené Peters
5
ChivuCristian Chivu (C)
Substitution87
8
BettmerGilles Bettmer
Substitution49
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Goal61
Yellow Card61
16
RemySébastien Remy (C)
20
DicăNicolae Dică
Substitution68
18
KitengeJoël Kitenge
Substitution57
21
D.NiculaeDaniel Niculae
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
OberweisMarc Oberweis (GK)
12
PopaMarius Cornel Popa (GK)
15
HeinzTim Heinz
18
MarinPetre Marin
14
FerreiraCarlos Ferreira
Substitution49
22
RaduŞtefan Radu
11
F. LeweckFons Leweck
Substitution68
11
CristeaAdrian Cristea
Substitution68
10
LombardelliClaudio Lombardelli
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
Substitution87
13
SagramolaChris Sagramola
7
BratuFlorin Bratu
Substitution76
9
Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution57
19
BucurGheorghe Bucur

Coach

Guy Hellers (LUX) Victor Piturca (ROU)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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