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Romania cruise to win in Riga

Latvia 0-4 Romania
It was another disappointing night for Group 9's bottom team as Marius Alexe, Cosmin Matei and Mihai Răduţ scored in a comfortable Romania win.

Romania celebrate during their comprehensive victory
Romania celebrate during their comprehensive victory ©Roman Koksharov

Romania signed off their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying effort with a 4-0 win against the bottom team in Group 9, Latvia.

Marius Alexe gave Emil Săndoi's visitors the lead after 11 minutes and they did not look back, adding further goals in the second half through Cosmin Matei and skipper Mihai Răduţ. It was the fourth win in the section for Romania, already assured of third place behind France and Slovakia, and it provided one final disappointment for Antonius Joore's hosts, who finished with just one point.

Alexe's opening goal came after he latched on to a Gabriel Enache through ball, rounded Latvia goalkeeper Artūrs Vaičulis and put the ball into the empty net. Half-time substitute Matei scored the second seven minutes after his introduction when he found the top corner with a spectacular curled free-kick. Răduţ completed the victory courtesy of two fine solo runs, first on 72 minutes and again with nine minutes remaining.