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Romania too strong for Malta

Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 19.58CET
Romania 4-0 Malta The home side cruised to a comprehensive triumph against Malta to overtake France in top spot in Group 10 courtesy of goal difference.
Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 19.58CET

Romania too strong for Malta

Romania 4-0 Malta The home side cruised to a comprehensive triumph against Malta to overtake France in top spot in Group 10 courtesy of goal difference.

Romania cruised to a comprehensive triumph against Malta in Piatra Neamt to overtake France in top spot in Group 10 courtesy of goal difference.

Headed goals
The home side had to wait 20 minutes before taking the lead, Cristian Sirghi opening the scoring with a header after a cross from Claudiu Keseru, but three goals in a nine-minute spell either side of half-time confirmed their superiority.

Quickfire double
In first-half injury time Bogdan Stancu made it 2-0 with another header, this time from a Gabriel Torje cross. Torje came desperately close on two occasions to scoring on his 18th birthday, firstly seeing one effort cannon back off the crossbar then watching another blocked on the goalline by a gallant Maltese defence. Romania added a third goal in the 49th minute when Stancu scored and, five minutes later, Liviu Ganea headed in the fourth after a superb team move. Malta remain bottom of the group and still awaiting their first points of qualifying.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.10CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Malta

Malta

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
4
AgiusAndré Agius
Yellow Card47
2
HomeiVictor Homei
Yellow Card31
Substitution46
7
BartoloMatthew Bartolo
3
SepsiLászló Sepsi
8
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
4
ScutaruCristian Scutaru
Goal50
3
FaillaClayton Failla
5
SirghiCristian Sirghi
Goal21
11
FalzonDyson Falzon
6
TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution61
5
T. FarrugiaTyron Farrugia
Substitution61
7
TorjeGabriel Torje
Yellow Card76
6
P. FenechPaul Fenech (C)
8
RopotanAdrian Ropotan
10
FenechRyan Fenech
Substitution84
9
StancuBogdan Stancu
Goal45+1
2
HerreraEdward Herrera
10
DeacCiprian Deac
Yellow Card90
1
WoodsLuke Woods (GK)
11
KeseruClaudiu Andrei Keseru (C)
Substitution42
9
Ian ZammitIan Zammit
Yellow Card76
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
14
E. AgiusEdmond Agius
Substitution84
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Substitution46
12
FalzonMichael Falzon (GK)
18
GaneaLiviu Ganea
Substitution42
Goal53
13
Gatt BaldacchinoClifford Gatt Baldacchino
13
BarnaDaniel Ionut Barna
Substitution61
18
MeilakStephen Meilak
15
FilipAlexandru Alin Filip
15
BorgSteve Borg
16
TincuPaul Tincu
17
MintoffJohn Mintoff
Substitution79
17
PalimaruClement Palimaru
16
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
Substitution61

Coach

Emil Săndoi (ROU) Mark Miller (ENG)

Referee

Andriy Shandor (UKR)

Assistant referees

Vasyl Olshanetskyy (UKR), Andriy Pryimak (UKR)

Fourth official

Sergiy Berezka (UKR)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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