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No way through for Romania and France

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.45CET
Romania 0-0 France
An edgy game in Bucharest left both sides with cause for concern, with the top places in qualifying Group D still to be secured.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from National Arena
No way through for Romania and France
France's Bacary Sagna and Dorin Goian of Romania rise for a challenge ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaniaFrance

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts3
 
7
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
9
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.45CET

No way through for Romania and France

Romania 0-0 France
An edgy game in Bucharest left both sides with cause for concern, with the top places in qualifying Group D still to be secured.

A goalless draw at the National Arena did neither side many favours in Group D with France's lead at the top of the section cut to a point while Romania's play-off chances look slender despite the fact they overtook Belarus in third place.

A heavy pitch in Bucharest meant it was not a night for stylish football, but while Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu was to have a quiet night, his French counterpart Hugo Lloris had a few nervous moments before the final whistle blew.

Victor Piţurcă's side were quick off the mark, and came close to scoring after only two minutes, but Bănel Nicoliță's free-kick was well saved by Lloris. Goalmouth action dwindled thereafter, with France's best chance coming just past the hour mark, when Yohan Cabaye shot just off target from 20 metres.

Sensing the urgency of the occasion, Romania kept at their task, and Ciprian Marica found himself in a useful position on 68 minutes only for Adil Rami to block his shot. Marica delivered a dangerous ball in from the right later on, but as Bodgan Stancu sent it wide from inside the box, it was clear that Romania's luck was out.

The result leaves France just a point clear of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0 winners at home against Belarus. Albania will be their next opponents in Paris on 7 October while Romania meet Belarus on the same night needing to close a four-point gap to second place in the section.

Last updated: 07/09/11 0.35CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

France

France

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ (C)
2
SagnaBacary Sagna
4
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
3
EvraPatrice Evra
5
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu
4
RamiAdil Rami
8
LazărCostin Lazăr
Substitution43
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution75
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution90
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
Yellow Card14
8
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution71
15
GoianDorin Goian
Yellow Card69
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card84
12
MartinMarvin Martin
17
LuchinSrgian Luchin
17
M'VilaYann M'Vila
Yellow Card26
18
CocişRăzvan Cociş
Yellow Card54
22
AbidalÉric Abidal

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
2
MăţelAlexandru Măţel
9
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
11
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
11
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution75
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
19
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution43
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
20
BucurGheorghe Bucur
Substitution90
18
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
22
MoţiCosmin Moţi
21
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution71

Coach

Victor Piţurcă (ROU) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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