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Grozav goal lifts Romania in Turkey

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.45CET
Turkey 0-1 Romania
A tidy first-half finish from Gheorghe Grozav sealed Romania's third victory in as many FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D matches.
Grozav goal lifts Romania in Turkey
Gheorghe Grozav (left) celebrates with Bogdan Stancu ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

TurkeyRomania

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts10
 
11
Attempts on target4
 
3
off target4
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides0
6
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
10

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Last updated: 18/04/2013 18:18 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.45CET

Grozav goal lifts Romania in Turkey

Turkey 0-1 Romania
A tidy first-half finish from Gheorghe Grozav sealed Romania's third victory in as many FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D matches.

Gheorghe Grozav scored the only goal as Romania maintained their perfect record in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D with a narrow victory against Turkey.

Grozav's strike on the stroke of half-time earned Victor Piţurcă's side their third victory from as many games in the section, setting them up perfectly for Tuesday's encounter with co-leaders the Netherlands. Turkey, with three points from as many matches, already have a lot to do to stay in contention for a place at Brazil 2014.

Volkan Demirel returned for the hosts after missing the September qualifiers and made his mark on proceedings in a manner he will not want to remember. The Fenerbahçe SK No1 left the confines of his penalty area in an attempt to cut out Mihai Doru Pintilii's through ball, but only succeeded in making up Grozav's mind. The finish from the 22-year-old was emphatic.

It was a rush of blood which contrasted with opposite number Ciprian Tatarusanu's early save, the Romania custodian brilliantly keeping out Semih Kaya's early header.

Abdullah Avcı introduced Mevlüt Erdinç and Emre Çolak in the second half and while the changes resulted in the hosts enjoying more of the possession, Tatarusanu had few causes for alarm. Avcı will hope for better against Hungary on Tuesday.

Last updated: 12/10/12 23.39CET

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