Qualifying round (Group D) - 07/09/2012 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time) - Lilleküla Stadium - Tallinn
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Romania leave Estonia with three points

Published: Saturday 8 September 2012, 0.18CET
Estonia 0-2 Romania
Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica scored second-half goals as Victor Piţurcă's men triumphantly began their bid to qualify from Group D.
by Viktor Fantanov
from Tallinn
Romania leave Estonia with three points
Romania's Ciprian Marica (centre) sealed the win ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EstoniaRomania

Goals scored0
2
Total attempts1
 
10
Attempts on target0
5
off target1
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 17:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Saturday 8 September 2012, 0.18CET

Romania leave Estonia with three points

Estonia 0-2 Romania
Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica scored second-half goals as Victor Piţurcă's men triumphantly began their bid to qualify from Group D.

Romania defeated Estonia in their first 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier courtesy of second-half goals from Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica.

Though the visitors dominated after the break, Estonia made things difficult in the first 45 minutes at the Lilleküla Stadium, keeping chances to a minimum. However, Romania could not be shackled after the interval, with Torje turning in a cross on 55 minutes and Marica sealing the Group D points with a quarter of an hour remaining.

On the backfoot for long stretches, it was the hosts who showed early sparkle, veteran Andres Oper displaying fleet of foot to round a defender and shoot just wide from the edge of the area. Romania replied with a vicious Cristian Tănase effort but Sergei Pareiko was there to save.

The game opened up after the interval as the visitors took the fight to their opponents. Marica seemed the likeliest to unpick the home defence, and the FC Schalke 04 man did just that ten minutes into the second half, bursting clear down the left and delivering an ideal cross for Torje. 

Marica continued to star and got his just rewards, playing a neat one-two with Torje before slotting the ball past Pareiko. Tarmo Rüütli's men lacked penetration in attack as they fought back late on, and the coach will be hoping for more cutting edge when they face Turkey on Tuesday, when Romania host Andorra.

Last updated: 08/09/12 0.44CET

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Lineup

Estonia

Estonia

Romania

Romania

1Sergei Pareiko (GK)1Bogdan Lobonţ (GK)
4Igor Morozov2Alexandru Măţel
6Aleksandr Dmitrijev
Yellow Card78
3Răzvan Raţ (C)
7Sander Puri
Substitution76
5Alexandru Bourceanu
8Andres Oper6Vlad Chiricheş
11Henrik Ojamaa
Substitution46
7Gheorghe Grozav
Yellow Card45+1
13Martin Vunk
Substitution61
8Costin Lazăr
Substitution66
14Konstantin Vassiljev9Ciprian Marica
Goal75
Yellow Card79
Substitution85
15Ragnar Klavan (C)10Cristian Tănase
17Enar Jääger11Gabriel Torje
Goal55
23Taijo Teniste15Dorin Goian
Substitution90+2

Substitutes

22Artur Kotenko (GK)12Ciprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
12Sergei Lepmets (GK)23Costel Pantilimon (GK)
2Tihhon Šišov4Srgian Luchin
3Taavi Rähn13Adrian Popa
5Dmitri Kruglov14Raul Rusescu
9Tarmo Kink
Substitution76
16Claudiu Voiculet
10Joel Lindpere
Substitution46
17Valerică Găman
Substitution90+2
16Sergei Mošnikov18Marius Niculae
Substitution85
18Ats Purje19Mihai Pintilii
Substitution66
19Alo Bärengrub20Alexandru Maxim
20Kaimar Saag21Dragoş Grigore
21Vladimir Voskoboinikov
Substitution61
22Adrian Sălăgeanu

Coach

Tarmo Rüütli (EST) Victor Piţurcă (ROU)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Milenko Vukadinović (SRB)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Estonia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Turkey, 11 September 2012, 3-0
  • Romania

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Andorra, 11 September 2012, 4-0
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