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Romania falter but remain on course

Published: Saturday 6 September 2008, 2.45CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Romania
Romania need a win against Wales to be sure of a play-off place after being held to a draw in Zenica by Admir Aganović's second-half penalty.
by Fuad Krvavac
from Zenica
Romania falter but remain on course
Gabriel Torje scored Romania's goal in Zenica ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Saturday 6 September 2008, 2.45CET

Romania falter but remain on course

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1 Romania
Romania need a win against Wales to be sure of a play-off place after being held to a draw in Zenica by Admir Aganović's second-half penalty.

Romania need a win in their final game against Wales to be certain of reaching the play-offs as Group 10 winners after being held to a draw in Zenica as Admir Aganović's second-half penalty ended a sequence of five straight defeats for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Torje opener
Romania came into the match trailing surprise section leaders Wales by a point, but they looked likely to climb clear of them after a strong first-half performance. Emil Săndoi's side went ahead after just five minutes when Claudiu Keseru intercepted goalkeeper Adis Nurković's clearance and teed up Gabriel Torje who scored from ten metres. Romania dropped back after the break and the home side forced their way into the game. Aidin Mahmutović jinked his way past three Romanians and was brought down in the penalty area by Ninu Ducu on 58 minutes, allowing Aganović to step up and equalise from the spot.

Advantage Romania
The home side's only previous points in the section had come with victory against Malta in their opening game, but they looked set to end a sequence of five straight defeats in some style as they took the game to Romania, Mahmutović narrowly failing to seal victory with a shot that bounced back off the post. Even so coach Branimir Tulić will take confidence from the point which was achieved with a young side who will form the backbone of their next Under-21 qualifying campaign. Romania, though, will not be too downhearted. They are level on 15 points with Wales who they meet on Tuesday knowing a win would leave them top of the section, regardless of the result of third-placed France's result away against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.28CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Romania

Romania

1
NurkovićAdis Nurković (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
2
KosorićAleksandar Kosorić
3
SepsiLászló Sepsi
Yellow Card88
3
M. PejićMatijas Pejić
Yellow Card72
5
MardareŞtefan Mardare
4
ČejvanovićKenan Čejvanović
6
TudoseAlexandru Tudose
Yellow Card55
5
PandžaBoris Pandža
7
ChiacuHristu Chiacu
Substitution71
6
MasicEldin Masic
Yellow Card26
Substitution69
8
RopotanAdrian Ropotan
Yellow Card38
7
DzaficAdin Dzafic
Substitution54
9
StancuBogdan Stancu
8
HandžićHaris Handžić
Substitution46
10
DeacCiprian Deac
Substitution84
9
ZecErmin Zec
Yellow Card67
11
KeseruClaudiu Andrei Keseru (C)
10
AganovicAdmir Aganovic (C)
Goal58
17
TorjeGabriel Torje
Goal5
11
CocalicEdin Cocalic
2
Ducu NinuEmil Ducu Ninu
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
13
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
13
HomeiVictor Homei
Substitution71
14
KožulDanijel Kožul
Substitution69
4
LuchinSrgian Luchin
15
Anto ŽivkovićAnto Živković
14
TănaseCristian Tănase
16
MešanovićMeris Mešanović
Substitution46
16
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution71
17
MahmutovićAjdin Mahmutović
Substitution54
15
HoraIoan Hora
18
DrakulDejan Drakul
18
OchiroşiiIulian Ochiroşii
Substitution84

Coach

Branimir Tulić (BIH) Emil Săndoi (ROU)

Referee

Leontios Trattou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Kypros Nicolaou (CYP), Christakis Christofi (CYP)

Fourth official

Yiannakis Ioannou (CYP)

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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