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Romania frustrate Portugal in play-off first leg

Published: Friday 21 October 2016, 21.48CET
Portugal 0-0 Romania
Cláudia Neto struck the post with an early penalty as the visitors held on for a draw in the first leg of the 2017 UEFA Women's EURO play-off.
by Carlos Machado
from Estádio do Restelo
Romania frustrate Portugal in play-off first leg
Cláudia Neto steps up for her early spot kick ©FPF

Match statistics

PortugalRomania

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts16
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
2
off target4
 
0
blocked5
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides8
 
4
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
11

Standings

Published: Friday 21 October 2016, 21.48CET

Romania frustrate Portugal in play-off first leg

Portugal 0-0 Romania
Cláudia Neto struck the post with an early penalty as the visitors held on for a draw in the first leg of the 2017 UEFA Women's EURO play-off.

  • Cláudia Neto fires early penalty against the upright for the hosts
  • Tie to decide 16th and final side through to 2017 UEFA Women's EURO
  • Crowd of 3,415 in Lisbon, a record for a women's game in Portugal
  • Second leg on Tuesday in Cluj-Napoca
  • Finals draw: 8 November, Rotterdam

Cláudia Neto missed an early penalty as Portugal were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Romania in the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 play-off first leg.

The home side had the better of things throughout in Lisbon but could not translate their superiority into goals. They came closest after just nine minutes when Ana Leite was brought down in the area. Cláudia Neto, known as 'CN7', stepped up and sent Andrea Părăluţă the wrong way but her effort struck the upright and rolled across the goal line into the keeper's arms.

©FPF

Ioana Bortan challenges Cláudia Neto

It signalled a sign of things to come on a frustrating evening for the majority of the crowd of 3,415, a record for a women's match in Portugal. Romania defended well, keeping the hosts at bay and ensuring that the sides' third meeting ended the same way as their first two: all-square. There will definitely be a winner come Tuesday, though, when Cluj-Napoca hosts the second leg.

Background to the tie:

  • The sides were the only countries from outside the top two seeding tiers to earn a top-two finish in their groups (Romania were in Pot 3, ranked 22nd; Portugal were in Pot 4, ranked 26th)
  • Portugal have lost two previous play-offs, for the finals of 2001 (going down 3-0 in Italy before winning the home second leg 1-0) and 1997 (succumbing 12-1 on aggregate to Denmark).
  • Romania are within a play-off of a women's final tournament for the first time.
  • Already qualified: Netherlands (hosts), Germany (holders), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Last updated: 14/03/17 12.34CET

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