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Wales claim knockout victory in Romania

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.56CET
Romania 0-3 Wales
The hosts surrendered their 18-match unbeaten run – and with it their play-off hopes – as the visitors won in Iasi to top qualifying Group 10.
by Paul Zaharia
Wales claim knockout victory in Romania
Simon Church was on target for group winners Wales ©UEFA.com
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.56CET

Wales claim knockout victory in Romania

Romania 0-3 Wales
The hosts surrendered their 18-match unbeaten run – and with it their play-off hopes – as the visitors won in Iasi to top qualifying Group 10.

Within 72 hours of Romania's senior side slumping to a 3-0 defeat by Lithuania on home soil, their Under-21 team lost their 18-match unbeaten run to a triumphant Wales in Iasi and failed to qualify for the play-offs.

Tight group
Both sides had 15 points from seven matches and went into the game knowing France, one point further back, were ready to take advantage of any slip. In the event, Wales did not have to worry about a pile-up at the top of Group 10, as strikes from Rhys Williams, Simon Church and Rhoys Wiggins helped them overtake Romania – whose goal difference had been better – and win the section. France, 1-0 victors in Bosnia-Herzegovina, finished second to qualify as one of the best runners-up.

Williams opener
Romania started well but, as with their older equivalents on Saturday, the concession of the first goal changed the course of the match. In the 15th minute Wales opened the scoring when Williams volleyed in following a corner. From that moment, the British visitors played more intelligently and profited from a lack of invention and creativity from the hosts. Only twice in the first half did Romania threaten a goal but Claudiu Keseru and Bogdan Stancu both failed to register.

Clinical finishing
The vital second score came after 57 minutes when another Welsh corner caused trouble in Romania's defence and Church was left with a simple finish beyond goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu. The locals then missed three presentable chances in five minutes, with Stancu twice, and Keseru being wasteful. And the difference in the striking department became even clearer with 20 minutes left when Tatarusanu saved Church's powerful effort, only for Wiggins to follow up and complete the victory. Romania's play-off ambitions were dead.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.26CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Wales

Wales

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
O. WilliamsOwain Williams (GK)
3
SepsiLászló Sepsi
2
BlakeDarcy Blake
Substitution16
5
MardareŞtefan Mardare
Yellow Card39
3
WigginsRhoys Barrie Wiggins
Goal65
6
TudoseAlexandru Tudose
4
RamseyAaron Ramsey
7
ChiacuHristu Chiacu
Yellow Card61
5
EardleyNeal Eardley (C)
8
RopotanAdrian Ropotan
6
WilliamsRhys Williams
Goal9
Yellow Card29
9
StancuBogdan Stancu
Yellow Card27
7
KingAndy King
10
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution59
8
BradleyMark Bradley
11
KeseruClaudiu Andrei Keseru (C)
9
ChurchSimon Church
Goal57
4
TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution46
10
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
Substitution90+1
2
HomeiVictor Homei
Yellow Card65
Substitution67
17
AdamsNicolas Adams

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
NorthJonathan North (GK)
13
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
11
AllenJoe Allen
Substitution90+1
14
LuchinSrgian Luchin
13
BaseyGrant Basey
15
DeacCiprian Deac
Substitution46
14
WilliamsMichael Williams
Substitution16
17
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution59
15
WilsonJames Wilson
16
HoraIoan Hora
16
BrownJonathan Brown
18
OchiroşiiIulian Ochiroşii
Substitution67
Yellow Card87
18
Klein DaviesJoshua Klein Davies

Coach

Emil Săndoi (ROU) Brian Flynn (WAL)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Enrique Andres Samper (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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