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Romania hold Northern Ireland to stay top

Published: Saturday 13 June 2015, 22.42CET
Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania
Anghel Iordanescu's men survived a stern test in Belfast to maintain their one-point Group F leadership over the hosts.

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Match statistics

Northern IrelandRomania

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts16
 
11
on target6
 
2
off target10
 
6
blocked0
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides5
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
16
Fouls suffered12
 
16

Standings

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Published: Saturday 13 June 2015, 22.42CET

Romania hold Northern Ireland to stay top

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania
Anghel Iordanescu's men survived a stern test in Belfast to maintain their one-point Group F leadership over the hosts.

Romania maintain Group F lead after draw at second-placed Northern Ireland
Hosts dominate second half but cannot find winner to go top 
• Anghel Iordanescu's men still undefeated after fifth clean sheet of campaign
Michael O'Neill's side two points clear of third-placed Hungary
Next qualifiers: Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland, Hungary v Romania (4 September)

Romania preserved their one-point cushion at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F after holding second-placed Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Anghel Iordanescu's men brought a narrow advantage into the encounter and looked like extending it to four points following a strong opening. However, the home team battled back and went close a number of times in the second period but eventually settled for a point which leaves them two above third-placed Hungary.

With Romania unbeaten in the section and having won both previous away games without conceding, it was no surprise to see them on the front foot early on. Claudiu Keșerü crashed a free-kick wide from an improbable distance while diminutive winger Gabriel Torje jinked his way into the home area only to flay his effort over the bar. The No11 was a constant menace and another breakneck dribble allowed him to set up Alexandru Chipciu, who was off target. The same man was played through once more but failed to catch his shot on the turn.

If the first half-hour belonged to Romania, the rest of the half was the hosts'. Kyle Lafferty lashed wide and Jonny Evans saw a header tipped over as the Windsor Park faithful roared on Michael O'Neill's side.

The men in green came out with renewed vigour in the second period and midfielder Stuart Dallas twice went very close from the edge of the box before Lafferty sent a towering header over. Northern Ireland appeared the more likely scorers yet through Torje, Romania always posed a threat. He pounced on a stray Gareth McAuley pass though his low strike deflected centimetres wide off Evans.

There was a rousing finish from the Northern Irish as Ciprian Tătăruşanu denied Lafferty when the ball dropped to the forward ten metres from goal, before expertly tipping over Oliver Norwood's thunderbolt of a free-kick. Romania held out, however, meaning the teams signed off for summer with a point apiece.

Last updated: 14/06/15 23.53CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013957/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+stay

Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Romania

Romania

1
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
2
Papp Paul Papp
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
3
SepsiLászló Sepsi
Yellow Card47
5
J. EvansJonny Evans
Substitution79
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş (C)
6
BairdChris Baird
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Substitution61
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Yellow Card29
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
10
MaximAlexandru Maxim
Substitution90
11
BruntChris Brunt
Yellow Card50
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
Yellow Card78
14
DallasStuart Dallas
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
Substitution72
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
19
WardJamie Ward
Substitution79
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore

Substitutes

23
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
1
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
12
CarsonTrevor Carson (GK)
23
BălgrădeanCristian Bălgrădean (GK)
3
FergusonShane Ferguson
4
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
Substitution90
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
5
MoţiCosmin Moţi
9
GriggWill Grigg
9
AndoneFlorin Andone
Substitution72
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
Substitution79
14
BumbaClaudiu Bumba
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
15
HobanOvidiu Hoban
17
McNairPaddy McNair
16
VătăjeluBogdan Vătăjelu
18
HughesAaron Hughes
17
PopaAdrian Popa
20
CathcartCraig Cathcart
Substitution79
19
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution61
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
20
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
22
LaveryCaolan Lavery
22
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru

Coach

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

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Marcos Alvarez Moreno (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP), Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)

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