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Piţurcă's Romania primed for France

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
Romania coach Victor Piţurcă will look to get the better of section leaders France at the fourth attempt as the sides meet for a 15th time in UEFA EURO 2012 Group D.
Piţurcă's Romania primed for France
Victor Piţurcă is once more coach of Romania ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

RomaniaFrance

Goals scored13
 
15
Total attempts92
 
140
Attempts on target43
 
64
Attempts off target32
 
60
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
2
Corners42
 
68
Offsides22
 
36
Yellow cards23
 
13
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed143
 
119
Fouls suffered118
 
107
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Piţurcă's Romania primed for France

Romania coach Victor Piţurcă will look to get the better of section leaders France at the fourth attempt as the sides meet for a 15th time in UEFA EURO 2012 Group D.

Romania coach Victor Piţurcă will look to get the better of France at the fourth attempt as the sides meet for a 15th time in UEFA EURO 2012 Group D.

• Reappointed as Romania coach in June, Piţurca's second spell in charge – from 2004-09 – saw him record three draws against France; 0-0 at UEFA EURO 2008, and then 2-2 at home and 1-1 away in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The former striker finished his playing career in France with a spell at RC Lens in 1989/90.

• Under Piţurcă's predecessor – and successor in 2009 – Răzvan Lucescu, Romania lost 2-0 in France in their first Group D meeting on 9 October; substitutes Loïc Rémy and Yoann Gourcuff struck in the final seven minutes as a resolute Romania defence crumbled at the death.

• Romania's record in 14 games against France reads W3 D4 L7 (W2 D2 L2 at home).

• After contesting a goalless stalemate in Zurich at UEFA EURO 2008, France and Romania were pooled together again in 2010 World Cup qualifying to similarly inconclusive effect. Romania led 2-0 in Constanta only to draw 2-2 in their first encounter, before holding Les Bleus 1-1 at the Stade de France.

• Romania came out on top in the first two games between the nations, triumphing 6-3 in a friendly in Bucharest on 12 June 1932 and then winning 2-1 in Paris on 22 March 1967.

• Romania have gone nine games – and nearly 40 years – without a win against France since a 2-0 friendly victory in Bucharest on 8 April 1972, in which future national team coaches Anghel Iordănescu and Cornel Dinu scored the goals.

Last updated: 03/08/11 20.32CET

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