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Romania set up tense finish

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.23CET
Finland 0-1 Romania Banel Nicolita scored to keep alive Romania's faint hopes of making the play-offs with victory in Valkeakoski.
by Mikael Eravuori
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.23CET

Romania set up tense finish

Finland 0-1 Romania Banel Nicolita scored to keep alive Romania's faint hopes of making the play-offs with victory in Valkeakoski.

Romania kept their faint hopes of making the UEFA Under-21 European Championship play-offs alive with a 1-0 victory against Finland in Valkeakoski.

Nicolita header
Banel Nicolita scored what proved to be the game's only goal after just two minutes, rising unmarked to send a looping header over Finland goalkeeper Ville Liskola. The strike sparked off an entertaining first half, but Romania retreated after the interval as they looked to hold on to their lead.

Finnish pressure
Finland then took the initiative with the effervescent Juho Mäkelä looking particularly dangerous. He could have equalised with 20 minutes remaining, but after racing clear of Romanian defence, he screwed his shot went well wide of the upright.

Vellamo dismissed
Five minutes later the Finnish striker turned provider, arcing a cross into the area that Niklas Tarvajärvi headed narrowly wide. With the pressure mounting, Romania captain Mihaita Plesan could have sealed the win after he too found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but was tugged back by Finland defender Janne Vellamo, who was subsequently dismissed.

Nervous wait
"The performance was OK but the result wasn't," Finland coach Markku Kanerva said after the game. "You have to take your chances at this level." His Romanian counterpart Florin Marin will be grateful they did not, although with his side's fixtures now complete, he will hope Finland are more decisive when they face the Czech Republic – who need just a point to deny Romania second place – on Tuesday.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.04CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Romania

Romania

1
IiskolaVille Iiskola (GK)
1
HutanSebastian Hutan (GK)
2
HurmeJarkko Hurme
2
RădoiSorin Rădoi
3
VellamoJanne Vellamo
Red Card75
3
M. ConstantinMarius Constantin
4
LehtonenVille Lehtonen
Yellow Card88
4
NeşuMihai Neşu
Substitution73
5
LampiVeli Lampi
5
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card71
6
TauloVille Taulo
Substitution64
6
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
7
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
7
VasilacheCiprian Vasilache
8
ManninenMikko Manninen
Substitution83
8
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Goal2
9
MäkeläJuho Mäkelä
9
CureleaCostin Curelea
Yellow Card84
10
KujalaJussi Kujala (C)
10
PleşanMihăiţă Pleşan (C)
11
LehtinenToni Lehtinen
Substitution64
11
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
Substitution66

Substitutes

12
KiljunenAapo Kiljunen (GK)
12
MarcAlexandru Marc (GK)
13
AhoHeikki Aho
13
David DanielAlexandru David Daniel
14
HauhiaMikko Hauhia
14
PulhacCristian Pulhac
Substitution73
15
OravainenPetri Oravainen
15
FlorescuGeorge Florescu
Substitution66
16
KolsiMarko Kolsi
Substitution64
16
IonescuAndrei Ionescu
17
TarvajärviNiklas Tarvajärvi
Substitution64
17
SurduRomeo Surdu
18
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
Substitution83
18
NastasteCosmin Alin Nastaste

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Florin Marin (ROU)

Referee

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

Assistant referees

Tibor Vámos (HUN), Zoltan Tompos (HUN)

Fourth official

Jozsef Erdos (HUN)

Legend:

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