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Picusciac proves point clincher

Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.00CET
Moldova 1-0 Belarus Igor Picusciac's headed goal proved the difference as Moldova re-awakened their slim hopes of progressing.
by Miron Goihman
from Chisinau
Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.00CET

Picusciac proves point clincher

Moldova 1-0 Belarus Igor Picusciac's headed goal proved the difference as Moldova re-awakened their slim hopes of progressing.

Moldova dented Belarus's chances of UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off qualification with a 1-0 win in Chisinau to revive their own slender hopes of progress.

Picusciac decisive
The only goal came when forward Igor Picusciac struck eleven minutes before the interval. The home side enjoyed the majority of the first-half possession with Alexandru Gatcan and Nicolae Josan going close. Picusciac then secured a deserved lead when he headed in Igor Tigirlas's free-kick.

Woodwork relief
However, the hosts were fortunate to keep their advantage intact four minutes later when Artyom Kontsevoi was denied by the crossbar. Belarus continued to create chances in the second period, and the Moldova woodwork was rattled again by Dmitri Shchegrikovich's 70th-minute effort. Nevertheless, home coach Boris Tropanet was delighted with the result. "We had some luck today, but my players deserved that outcome," he said.

Tight group
The win moves Moldova a point behind Belarus in Group 5, and three points adrift of second-placed Norway, the team in possession of the second play-off place who drew 2-2 with Slovenia.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.07CET

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Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Belarus

Belarus

1
PaiuşMihail Paiuş (GK)
1
LeskoArtur Lesko (GK)
2
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
2
TigorevYan Tigorev
Yellow Card90
3
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
Yellow Card66
3
StaschenyukAleksandr Staschenyuk
4
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
4
LentsevichDmitri Lentsevich
5
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
5
MorozVladimir Moroz
Substitution46
6
Se. NamascoSerghei Namasco
6
MikhnyukSergei Mikhnyuk
Substitution76
7
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution56
7
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara (C)
8
JosanNicolae Josan
9
SkverniukAleksei Skverniuk
9
PicuşciacIgor Picuşciac
Goal37
Yellow Card82
8
KovelLeonid Kovel
10
PorfireanuAndrei Porfireanu
Substitution76
10
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Yellow Card33
11
JapalauSergei Japalau
Substitution31
11
AfanasievMikhail Afanasiev
Substitution24

Substitutes

12
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
12
LohvinavIhar Lohvinav (GK)
13
ManaliuVitalie Manaliu
Substitution76
13
RadkovArtem Radkov
14
BolohanVadim Bolohan
14
SchegrikovichDmitri Schegrikovich
Substitution24
15
FrantuzMaxim Frantuz
Substitution56
15
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
16
BugaevIgor Bugaev
17
PakulinArtsiom Pakulin
17
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution31
18
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Substitution76
18
SoltaniciIgor Soltanici
21
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Substitution46

Coach

Igor Oprea (MDA) Yuri Puntus (BLR)

Referee

Sinisa Zrnic (BIH)

Assistant referees

Edin Selimovic (BIH), Drago Cule (BIH)

Fourth official

Vladimir Dominkovic (BIH)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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