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Greece restrict Romania to another draw

Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 23.03CET
Romania 0-0 Greece
Anghel Iordănescu's team's seventh clean sheet in eight qualifiers earned them a point that keeps them three points clear of third spot.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Arena Națională

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Match statistics

RomaniaGreece

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts19
 
2
on target2
 
1
off target11
 
1
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
0
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
13

Standings

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Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 23.03CET

Greece restrict Romania to another draw

Romania 0-0 Greece
Anghel Iordănescu's team's seventh clean sheet in eight qualifiers earned them a point that keeps them three points clear of third spot.

  • Constantin Budescu, on his first start for Romania, misses two fine chances
  • Romania keep seventh clean sheet in eight qualifiers
  • Result leaves Romania second in Group F, three points clear of Hungary
  • Greece's exit already confirmed before this evening
  • Next games: Romania v Finland, Northern Ireland v Greece (8 October)

Romania betrayed a few nerves in front of goal but were as impervious as ever at the back as a 0-0 draw with eliminated Greece maintained their three-point cushion over third-placed Hungary in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F.

Romania coach Anghel Iordănescu had warned on the eve of the game that despite Greece's travails, they remain the best team in the section. There was evidence of that in Bucharest, because at times this was more like the Greece of old – well organised, dogged in the tackle and commanding against Romania crosses.

When the hosts changed tack, though, adopting a subtler approach of combinations and quick passing, they were a threat. Constantin Budescu had two early efforts blocked, yet the best chance came five minutes before the break as Claudiu Keșerü bore down on goal. Ovidiu Hoban was free in the box but Keșerü went for glory, his shot hitting a defender.

Romania reverted to the long ball yet recovered their attacking poised towards the end of the match. Orestis Karnezis did well to keep out Gabriel Torje's attempt and, as Iordănescu went for broke in the last ten minutes, they were very nearly caught by a Panagiotis Kone sucker-punch.

However, Ciprian Tătărușanu held onto the strike, meaning it is all to play for next month for the second-placed Romanians.

Last updated: 09/09/15 0.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014010/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+held+greece

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Greece

Greece

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
2
Papp Paul Papp
Yellow Card78
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Yellow Card90
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ (C)
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
5
HobanOvidiu Hoban
Substitution80
9
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution87
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
10
FortounisKostas Fortounis
Substitution54
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
15
KitsiouStelios Kitsiou
10
MaximAlexandru Maxim
Substitution64
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution46
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
19
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos (C)
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Yellow Card68
20
BudescuConstantin Budescu
Substitution64
21
AravidisChristos Aravidis
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore
22
SamarisAndreas Samaris

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
KapinoStefanos Kapino (GK)
23
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
13
VellidisMarkos Vellidis (GK)
4
MoţiCosmin Moţi
3
GiannoulisKostas Giannoulis
7
PopaAdrian Popa
Substitution64
5
MorasVangelis Moras
9
AlibecDenis Alibec
7
FountasTaxiarchis Fountas
14
FilipSteliano Filip
8
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution54
15
GoianDorin Goian
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Substitution46
16
BumbaClaudiu Bumba
14
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
17
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
Substitution64
16
KarelisNikos Karelis
Substitution87
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
17
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
19
AndoneFlorin Andone
Substitution80
23
PlatellasVangelis Platellas
22
MăţelAlexandru Măţel

Coach

Anghel Iordănescu (ROU) Kostas Tsanas (GRE)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Vitali Malyutin (BLR), Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)

Fourth official

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR), Viktor Shimusik (BLR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution