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Hoban breaks Romania duck to foil Finland

Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 23.02CET
Romania 1-1 Finland
Ovidiu Hoban's late goal ended a long barren patch for the home side, and guaranteed them at least a play-off place in Group F.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Arena Națională

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Match statistics

RomaniaFinland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts25
 
10
on target9
 
7
off target8
 
2
blocked8
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
21
Fouls suffered21
 
8

Standings

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Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 23.02CET

Hoban breaks Romania duck to foil Finland

Romania 1-1 Finland
Ovidiu Hoban's late goal ended a long barren patch for the home side, and guaranteed them at least a play-off place in Group F.

  • Joel Pohjanpalo opens scoring; Ovidiu Hoban levels late
  • Goal ends Romania's longest ever scoring drought at 428 minutes
  • Fourth successive Group F draw for the home side
  • Romania must win in Torshavn on Sunday to be certain of finals place
  • Last games: Faroe Islands v Romania, Finland v Northern Ireland (Sunday) 

Defensive midfielder Ovidiu Hoban's added-time equaliser ended a national-record goal drought for Romania, with Finland's UEFA EURO 2016 hopes ending in Group F.

Romania fielded an attack-minded side, with Finland setting out their stall to defend in numbers and hit their hosts on the break. Claudiu Keșerü looked set to profit, but Lukas Hradecky twice denied him with excellent first-half saves, and produced another decent stop to fend away Bogdan Stancu's effort. At the other end, Ciprian Tătărușanu was rarely called on, though he was alert to block a Pohjanpalo shot on 16 minutes.

Finland briefly took the initiative after the interval, but the game soon reverted to its first-half pattern, Hradecky intervening on 56 minutes to push Gabriel Torje's shot on to the post, and then keeping out a Keșerü header.

With Romania besieging their guests, the sucker punch was thrown in the 67th minute, Pohjanpalo's low strike from inside the box crowning a rare dart forward for the Finns. But for Tătărușanu, the situation could have deteriorated further, the goalkeeper saving from Alexander Ring and Teemu Pukki as Romania lost the thread.

Hoban, though, came to the rescue – though not in time to stop Romania setting a new record goalless run. His finish stopped the clock at 428 minutes – Romania's longest previous barren patch of 413 minutes came to an end in 1948. Florin Andone was teed up to hit a late winner, but Hradecky was the hero again. The draw guarantees Romania at least a play-off place, but a win in the Faroe Islands on Sunday would mean automatic qualification.

Last updated: 09/10/15 1.11CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014027/postmatch/report/index.html#romania+foil+finland

Lineups

Romania

Romania

Finland

Finland

12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
2
Papp Paul Papp
2
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
Substitution62
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ (C)
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
5
HobanOvidiu Hoban
Yellow Card71
Goal90+1
6
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
6
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
8
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Yellow Card82
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Substitution60
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
11
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution87
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
Substitution64
13
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
15
HalstiMarkus Halsti
Yellow Card54
17
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
18
UronenJere Uronen
19
StancuBogdan Stancu
Substitution69
19
RingAlexander Ring
21
GrigoreDragoş Grigore
20
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
Yellow Card49
Goal67
Substitution77

Substitutes

1
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
MäenpääNiki Mäenpää (GK)
23
LungSilviu Lung (GK)
23
JoronenJesse Joronen (GK)
4
MoţiCosmin Moţi
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
Substitution62
Yellow Card74
8
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
5
JalastoVille Jalasto
Substitution64
9
AndoneFlorin Andone
Substitution69
7
OjalaJuhani Ojala
10
MaximAlexandru Maxim
Substitution60
9
SadikBerat Sadik
14
FilipSteliano Filip
11
LodRobin Lod
15
GămanValerică Găman
16
MattilaSakari Mattila
16
MăţelAlexandru Măţel
17
LamThomas Lam
18
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution77
20
BudescuConstantin Budescu
22
RaitalaJukka Raitala
22
PopaAdrian Popa
Substitution87

Coach

Anghel Iordănescu (ROU) Markku Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

David McGeachie (SCO), William Conquer (SCO)

Fourth official

Douglas Ross (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Andrew Dallas (SCO)

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