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Marica earns Romania sweet revenge in Greece

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.10CET
Greece 0-1 Romania
Visiting captain Ciprian Marica scored an early penalty but was sent off as his team survived a late scare to edge the Group F opener in Piraeus.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis

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Match statistics

GreeceRomania

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts9
 
7
on target2
 
3
off target6
 
4
blocked1
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed11
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
11

Standings

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Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.10CET

Marica earns Romania sweet revenge in Greece

Greece 0-1 Romania
Visiting captain Ciprian Marica scored an early penalty but was sent off as his team survived a late scare to edge the Group F opener in Piraeus.

Romania look the better team all evening and deservedly get the victory
The only goal comes via the spot from Ciprian Marica who is later sent off
Claudio Ranieri kicks off his Greece tenure with a defeat
Greece's Vassilis Torossidis denied by the woodwork two minutes from time
Next games: Finland v Greece, Romania v Hungary (11 October)

Ten months after losing their FIFA World Cup play-off to Greece, ten-man Romania beat the same opponents 1-0 in Piraeus to wrest the early initiative in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F thanks to a tenth-minute penalty from Ciprian Marica.

The visitors looked more comfortable from the first whistle and got their reward after José Holebas fouled Alexandru Chipciu in the area, Romania's captain Marica slotting home the penalty. On the day of Claudio Ranieri's debut as Greece coach, the hosts tried to react and chased an equaliser, yet found themselves frustrated by Victor Piturca's tactics in midfield.

In a game played behind closed doors, the trademark asset of the Greek team – their defence – were looking nervous, inviting the Romanians to attack. Indeed Greece survived a late first-half scare when Orestis Karnezis saved Gabriel Tamaş's effort.

Marica's dismissal for a second bookable offence eight minutes into the second period changed the complexion of the match – albeit superficially, with Greece enjoying more possession but failing to make it count. However they got a glorious chance two minutes from time, seeing Vassilis Torossidis's header denied by the woodwork.

The resulting away victory rewarded an impressive Romanian side's determination to survive the last 40 minutes at a numerical disadvantage, with the crossbar depriving Ranieri of a point.

Last updated: 03/06/15 5.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013819/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+greece

Lineups

Greece

Greece

Romania

Romania

1
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
2
MantalosPetros Mantalos
Substitution65
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Yellow Card25
4
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
5
HobanOvidiu Hoban
Substitution84
10
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution46
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis (C)
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Substitution90
15
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Yellow Card45+2
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Yellow Card30
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
9
MaricaCiprian Marica (C)
Goal10
Yellow Card45+2
Red Card53
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
10
MaximAlexandru Maxim
Substitution68
22
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Yellow Card17
Substitution65
19
StancuBogdan Stancu
23
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore

Substitutes

12
GlykosPanagiotis Glykos (GK)
23
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
13
KapinoStefanos Kapino (GK)
1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
3
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
2
LuchinSrgian Luchin
5
MorasVangelis Moras
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution90
6
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
7
FortounisKostas Fortounis
14
BudescuConstantin Budescu
8
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+4
15
GoianDorin Goian
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
16
AchimVlad Achim
16
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution65
17
GrecuConstantin Grecu
17
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution84
18
DiamantakosDimitris Diamantakos
Substitution46
Yellow Card58
20
EnacheGabriel Enache
Substitution68
21
PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
22
MoţiCosmin Moţi

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Victor Piturca (ROU)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Simon Bennett (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Lee Probert (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution