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Romania win ends Northern Ireland's perfect start

Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 23.05CET
Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland
Paul Papp scored both goals as the hosts ended the 100% record of Michael O'Neill's side to move top of Group F.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Arena Națională

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Match statistics

RomaniaNorthern Ireland

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40
Total attempts11
 
7
on target6
 
3
off target4
 
3
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
8

Standings

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Published: Friday 14 November 2014, 23.05CET

Romania win ends Northern Ireland's perfect start

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland
Paul Papp scored both goals as the hosts ended the 100% record of Michael O'Neill's side to move top of Group F.

Paul Papp's second-half double puts Romania top of Group F 
Hosts end Northern Ireland's perfect start to qualifying
• Lucian Sânmărtean impresses for home side and sets up second
• Anghel Iordanescu wins first game back in charge of hosts
Next games: Romania v Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland v Finland (29 March)

Paul Papp scored two goals in rapid succession in the second half as Romania ended Northern Ireland's perfect start to UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F and moved top of the section.

Knowing a win would put them in pole position, the hosts began at top speed and refused to relent, driven on by the impressive Lucian Sânmărtean. They could have been ahead by the interval but Roy Carroll did well to stop a spectacular bicycle kick from Vlad Chiricheş before Alexandru Chipciu sent a delicate flick onto the crossbar with the outside of his boot. Bogdan Stancu then failed to turn in from close range after what looked an ideal cross from Sânmărtean.

The guests accepted Romania's domination and tried their luck on the counter, twice getting behind the home defence. Chris Brunt shot narrowly wide from an angle in the 16th minute and Kyle Lafferty's effort worked from a short corner on the stroke of half-time did not prove strong enough to find a way past Ciprian Tătăruşanu.

After the restart, home captain Răzvan Raț was denied by Carroll, yet the breakthrough eventually arrived in the 74th minute when defender Papp met a Rat cross from the left and drove into the net. The game was wrapped up with 11 minutes to go, this time Sănmărtean providing the assist, laying on a perfect ball from wide for Papp to net his second and put Anghel Iordanescu's men in charge of the group.

Last updated: 02/06/15 6.58CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013897/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+oust+northern+irish

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
2
Papp Paul Papp
Goal74
Goal79
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
Yellow Card45+1
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ (C)
3
McGivernRyan McGivern
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley (C)
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Yellow Card76
6
BairdChris Baird
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Yellow Card47
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution63
9
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution46
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card52
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution58
11
BruntChris Brunt
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution80
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution78
17
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore
18
HughesAaron Hughes

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
23
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
23
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
4
LuchinSrgian Luchin
5
McCulloughLuke McCullough
5
HobanOvidiu Hoban
Substitution80
8
ClinganSammy Clingan
Substitution63
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
Substitution46
9
McKayBilly McKay
Substitution78
14
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
14
LundMatthew Lund
15
MoţiCosmin Moţi
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
16
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
17
McNairPaddy McNair
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
19
GriggWill Grigg
19
PuşcaşGeorge Puşcaş
20
CathcartCraig Cathcart
20
MaximAlexandru Maxim
Substitution58
Yellow Card77
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
22
SepsiLászló Sepsi
22
ReevesBen Reeves

Coach

Anghel Iordănescu (ROU) Michael O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Mehmet Culum (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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