Romania scored four in Andorra on Friday but may need several more goals against Estonia on Tuesday if they are to deny Turkey a play-off place in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D.
Debutant Claudiu Keșeru, Bogdan Stancu, Gabriel Torje and Costin Lazăr were on target in Andorra la Vella, but with second-ranked Turkey boasting a superior goal difference by four going into the final games, coach Victor Pițurcă was more concerned about the chances his side missed.
Should Turkey overcome group winners the Netherlands, Romania will have to beat Estonia by at least five goals to make it – a margin of victory they have not enjoyed since dismantling Albania 6-1 in their final UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier.
"We wanted to win in Andorra by a much bigger margin, knowing how important this issue of goals scored and conceded will be at the end," said the 57-year-old, now in his third spell as national team boss. "We could have scored at least three or four more goals in Andorra, but such things happen when you miss big opportunities like we did. More than that, we are now starting to think about the goals we conceded too easily during the other qualifiers."
To make matters more complicated, Romania captain Vlad Chiricheș is suspended for Tuesday's match following a booking in Andorra, though Pițurcă could see some positives in that, noting: "Actually, I am not so upset, because if we qualify for the play-offs Chiricheș will be available for the first leg." Moreover, he will be able to call on left-back Răzvan Raț against Estonia, the experienced West Ham United FC man having served a suspension last time out.
"All we have to concern ourselves with is how we prepare for the Estonia fixture and after that we will see what happens in Istanbul," said Pițurcă. "We have to win."
Such thoughts will be on the mind of every Romania player, though SC Bastia forward Keșeru hopes it might not come to that, given the Netherlands' fearsome form. "We have to defeat Estonia and we will see what the goal difference is," said the 26-year-old. "But I am sure the Dutch will beat Turkey."