Arena Națională - Bucharest 15/10/2013 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group D

Romania - Estonia
2-0
 

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Marica at the double as Romania seal play-off place

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 22.45CET
Romania 2-0 Estonia
Ciprian Marica scored in each half to secure the hosts second place in Group D behind the Netherlands and a play-off berth.
Marica at the double as Romania seal play-off place
Ciprian Marica celebrates one of his two goals against Estonia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Romania
Estonia

2

Goals scored

0

11

Total attempts

6

5

Attempts on target

2

4

off target

4

3

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

10

Corners

1

2

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

10

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Estonia

Estonia

12Tătăruşanu (GK)1Pareiko (GK)
2Măţel2Lindpere
75
3Raţ (C)3Reintam
5Bourceanu
90+2
6Dmitrijev
78
8Lazăr
79
7S. Puri
58
9Marica
31
81
9Kink
10C. Tănase10Zenjov
46
15Goian14Vassiljev
18Gardoş
66
15Klavan (C)
70
19Stancu
46
17Jääger
22Bucur
57
23Teniste

Substitutes

1Lobonţ (GK)12Aksalu (GK)
4Luchin5Kruglov
75
7Grozav
46
8Henri Anier
46
11Torje
57
11Ojamaa
58
13Keșerü13Vunk
14Latovlevici16Mošnikov
16Hoban
79
18Bärengrub
17Găman19Luts
20Maxim20Kams
21Grigore
23Bălgrădean (GK)

Coaches

Victor Piţurcă (ROU) Tarmo Rüütli (EST)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2013 11:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 22.45CET

Marica at the double as Romania seal play-off place

Romania 2-0 Estonia
Ciprian Marica scored in each half to secure the hosts second place in Group D behind the Netherlands and a play-off berth.

A Ciprian Marica double against Estonia was enough for Romania to finish runners-up in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D and clinch a play-off place.

Level on points with Turkey going into the final round of matches, Romania knew that only a win and a favourable result elsewhere would ensure they came second in the section. In the event, Marica guaranteed that Romania did their bit with a first-half penalty and another goal nine minutes from time to capitalise on Turkey's home defeat by section winners the Netherlands.

The visitors made much of the early running in Bucharest with Konstantin Vassiljev and Tarmo Kink coming close to an opener. However, Victor Piţurcă's charges made them pay on the half-hour when Bogdan Stancu was felled by Mikk Reintam and Marica kept his cool from the spot.

Gheorghe Grozav saw his second-half attempt well saved by Sergei Pareiko before Getafe CF forward Marica put the result beyond doubt with his second in the 81st minute to edge Romania a step closer to their first World Cup finals since 1998. The Romanians will be hoping for a better outcome than their last World Cup play-off experience – a loss to Slovenia in qualifying for the 2002 edition.

"No matter who our opponent will be, we will be second favourites," said coach Piţurcă. "However, you can be certain that our opponents will find it very tough against us. We will take our chances."

Last updated: 08/05/14 2.35CET

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