The official website for European football

Romania pip Russia to play-offs

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET
Russia 0-0 Romania
The ten-man visitors secured top spot in Group 1 and a play-off place while, pending UEFA confirmation, Igor Kolyvanov's side narrowly missed out.
by Alexey Mamykin
from Petrovski Stadium
Romania pip Russia to play-offs
Romania (in yellow) got the draw they needed in Russia ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET

Romania pip Russia to play-offs

Russia 0-0 Romania
The ten-man visitors secured top spot in Group 1 and a play-off place while, pending UEFA confirmation, Igor Kolyvanov's side narrowly missed out.

Romania will feature in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after shrugging off the dismissal of Alexandru Ioniţă to earn a 0-0 stalemate with Russia which, pending official UEFA confirmation, ended their opponents' hopes.

The visitors began the day three points clear at the Group 1 summit having beaten Igor Kolyvanov's side 3-0 at home on Friday. Only a victory by the same scoreline in St Petersburg would have kept alive Russia's hopes of topping the section, buy any win would have proved enough to claim one of the four best runners-up spots; a draw meant they fell short.

Russia nonetheless started brightly enough and received a major fillip just 29 minutes in when Ioniţă was sent off for a second yellow card. Romania subsequently struggled to keep possession but stood firm in defence and restricted Russia to only a handful of clear opportunities.

Maksim Kanunnikov went as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock, only for his shot from outside the penalty area to be tipped over by Silviu Lung. Aleksei Ionov then chanced his arm from a free-kick, but Lung was again on hand to ensure his side take their place in Friday's play-off draw.

Kolyvanov said: "Despite the result, I think we showed a good level of football. Step by step we have become stronger. The setback against the Faroe Islands played a huge role in our qualifying campaign. We scored two or more goals in every subsequent match before those two games against Romania.

"We were unable to score as the Romania goalkeeper played really well and in at crucial moment we fell short. I think everyone saw that we created three or four clear chances. But it is very hard to win if you do not score. We have prepared for two years. We were at the top for a long time but the last two games blurred the picture."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000006/match=2000031/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+advance+russia

Lineups

Russia

Russia

Romania

Romania

1
PesyakovSergei Pesyakov (GK)
1
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
4
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
2
MăţelAlexandru Măţel
5
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
3
Papp Paul Papp
Yellow Card81
8
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Yellow Card28
Substitution57
4
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
9
G. GabulovGeorgi Gabulov
Yellow Card27
Substitution71
5
GămanValerică Găman (C)
10
DyadyunVladimir Dyadyun
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
Yellow Card45+2
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev (C)
7
HoraIoan Hora
15
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
Yellow Card90+2
8
IonescuAndrei Ionescu
Substitution61
16
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
10
M. CosteaMihai Costea
Substitution90
17
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
11
IoniţăAlexandru Ioniţă
Yellow Card17
Red Card29
18
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
Substitution46
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
12
LunguCezar Lungu (GK)
2
DenisovAleksandr Denisov
9
GaneaLiviu Ganea
Substitution67
3
VasinViktor Vasin
13
RâpăCornel Râpă
6
SapetaAleksandr Sapeta
15
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution61
7
IonovAleksei Ionov
Substitution46
16
AntalLiviu Antal
13
BalyaykinEvgeni Balyaykin
Substitution57
17
GrozavGheorghe Grozav
14
GatagovAlan Gatagov
Substitution71
Yellow Card90+2
18
AlexeMarius Alexe
Substitution90

Coach

Igor Kolyvanov (RUS) Emil Săndoi (ROU)

Referee

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)

Fourth official

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.