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Romania secure their first victory against Latvia

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 20.59CET
Romania 2-0 Latvia
Romania recorded their first win in Group 9 thanks to goals either side of half time from Nicolae Stanciu and George Ţucudean.
by Stefan Lecca
from Gaz Metan Stadium
Romania secure their first victory against Latvia
George Ţucudean of Romania and Vitālijs Jagodinskis of Latvia compete ©sportm.ro
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 20.59CET

Romania secure their first victory against Latvia

Romania 2-0 Latvia
Romania recorded their first win in Group 9 thanks to goals either side of half time from Nicolae Stanciu and George Ţucudean.

Romania secured their first victory in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9 thanks to goals against Latvia either side of the break from Nicolae Stanciu and George Ţucudean.

Stanciu latched onto Gheorghe Grozav's pass to open the scoring six minutes before half-time and the hosts doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Ţucudean lifted the ball over the onrushing Kristaps Dzelme superbly.

After drawing their opening two qualifiers against Kazakhstan, Romania seemed determined to make their mark against Latvia. They did just that on 39 minutes as Grozav found Stanciu in space to give the hosts the lead. Paul Anton almost extended the advantage in first-half added time but his long-range effort came back off the bar.

Emil Săndoi's side grabbed a second when Gabriel Enache flicked goalkeeper Dinu Moldovan's long ball into the path of Ţucudean and the FC Dinamo Bucureşti forward showed his class with a fine lob over Dzelme. Latvia's Alans Siņeļņikovs came close to getting his side back into the match only for his effort to come back off the frame of the goal 15 minutes from time. Both sides are back in action on 11 October when Romania host France and Latvia entertain Slovakia.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.19CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006952/postmatch/report/index.html#first+romania

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Latvia

Latvia

1
MoldovanDinu Moldovan (GK)
1
DzelmeKristaps Dzelme (GK)
2
BețaDean Beța
2
MaksimenkoVitālijs Maksimenko
Yellow Card77
3
MuthSergiu Muth (C)
Yellow Card42
3
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
4
ŢigănaşuAlexandru Ţigănaşu
Yellow Card54
7
ZjuzinsArtūrs Zjuzins
5
RadaIonuț Rada
Yellow Card77
8
SiņeļņikovsAlans Siņeļņikovs
Yellow Card27
6
AntonPaul Anton
9
KarašausksArtūrs Karašausks
7
MateiCosmin Matei
10
RakeļsDeniss Rakeļs
Substitution82
8
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Goal39
Substitution88
14
ZotovsArtjoms Zotovs
9
ŢucudeanGeorge Ţucudean
Yellow Card50
Goal52
15
DaņilovsDmitrijs Daņilovs
Yellow Card48
10
GrozavGheorghe Grozav
Yellow Card73
Substitution78
16
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis (C)
11
NăstăsieIonuţ Năstăsie
Substitution43
17
PētersonsArmands Pētersons
Yellow Card49
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
LazarDavid Lazar (GK)
12
SerkovsIgors Serkovs (GK)
13
GuguIonuţ Gugu
Substitution88
4
ŠeveļovsKirils Ševeļovs
14
PopaAdrian Popa
5
SiņicinsAndrejs Siņicins
15
PanaSilviu Pana
Substitution78
6
HačatrjansArevšats Hačatrjans
16
EnacheGabriel Enache
Substitution43
11
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
Substitution82
17
BuşSergiu Buş
13
BogdaškinsBoriss Bogdaškins
Substitution90
18
MarkusAdrian Markus

Coach

Emil Săndoi (ROU) Mihails Zemļinskis (LVA)

Referee

Alain Bieri (SUI)

Assistant referees

Charles Helbling (SUI), Bruno Zurbrügg (SUI)

Fourth official

Ludovic Gremaud (SUI)

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