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Albania end losing streak against Romania

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.00CET
Romania 1-1 Albania
Gjergj Muzaka struck three minutes from time as the visitors denied Romania victory for the first time in their last ten attempts.
Albania end losing streak against Romania
Romania's Ciprian Deac (right) is tackled by Ervin Bulku of Albania ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaniaAlbania

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed26
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
26

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.00CET

Albania end losing streak against Romania

Romania 1-1 Albania
Gjergj Muzaka struck three minutes from time as the visitors denied Romania victory for the first time in their last ten attempts.

Romania and Albania both struck in the closing ten minutes as they drew 1-1 in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 Group D qualifier.

Razvan Lucescu's hosts were more of an attacking threat throughout, but it was not until the 80th minute that substitute Bogdan Stancu put them in front. Albania, though, struck back through their own replacement, Gjergj Muzaka, three minutes from time to deny Romania victory for the first time in the last ten meetings between the teams; they had last avoided defeat in the fixtures in in October 1949 when they drew 1-1 in Bucharest.

Sixty-one years on the visitors were nearly behind after just a minute, Ciprian Marica shooting against the post after Răzvan Raţ's precise cross from the left.  Ciprian Deac was next to go close as Romania started to go through the gears but his fine effort was kept out by an athletic save from Arian Beqaj. Deac and Gabriel Torje were a constant menace for Romania, whose dominance looked set to go unrewarded thanks to the visitors' stern defence.

Indeed, Hamdi Salihi nearly punished their profligacy when he turned Ansi Agolli's pass narrowly wide before Romania finally took the lead when Gabriel Mureşan met Deac's corner with his head and Stancu prodded past Beqaj from close range. Just as maximum points seemed assured, Muzaka headed in from a free-kick to leave Albania in high spirits ahead of the visit of Luxembourg on Tuesday, when Romania go to Belarus.

Last updated: 05/12/12 3.08CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Albania

Albania

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
1
BeqajArjan Beqaj (GK)
2
ContraCosmin Contra
Substitution56
2
LilaAndi Lila
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Yellow Card40
3
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
Yellow Card50
4
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
4
DallkuArmend Dallku
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi (C)
5
CanaLorik Cana
7
TorjeGabriel Torje
6
CurriDebatik Curri
8
DeacCiprian Deac
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
10
FlorescuGeorge Florescu
10
DuroKlodian Duro
Substitution81
11
CocişRăzvan Cociş
Substitution77
13
SkelaErvin Skela (C)
Substitution79
21
D.NiculaeDaniel Niculae
Substitution64
22
BogdaniErjon Bogdani
Substitution57

Substitutes

12
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
13
NeşuMihai Neşu
15
VrapiEndrit Vrapi
15
MafteiVasile Maftei
16
TeliAdmir Teli
17
HereaOvidiu Herea
Substitution77
Yellow Card87
17
LikaGilman Lika
Substitution79
19
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Substitution57
20
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
Substitution56
20
MuzakaGjergj Muzaka
Substitution81
Goal87
22
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution64
Goal80
21
HykaJahmir Hyka

Coach

Răzvan Lucescu (ROU) Josip Kuže (CRO)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Mario Strudl (AUT)

Fourth official

Manfred Krassnitzer (AUT)

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