Romania pip Russia to play-offs

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET
Russia 0-0 Romania
The ten-man visitors secured top spot in Group 1 and a play-off place while, pending UEFA confirmation, Igor Kolyvanov's side narrowly missed out.
by Alexey Mamykin
from Petrovski Stadium
Romania pip Russia to play-offs
Romania (in yellow) got the draw they needed in Russia ©UEFA
 

Match statistics

RussiaRomania

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts9
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners8
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
22

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Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET

Romania pip Russia to play-offs

Russia 0-0 Romania
The ten-man visitors secured top spot in Group 1 and a play-off place while, pending UEFA confirmation, Igor Kolyvanov's side narrowly missed out.

Romania will feature in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after shrugging off the dismissal of Alexandru Ioniţă to earn a 0-0 stalemate with Russia which, pending official UEFA confirmation, ended their opponents' hopes.

The visitors began the day three points clear at the Group 1 summit having beaten Igor Kolyvanov's side 3-0 at home on Friday. Only a victory by the same scoreline in St Petersburg would have kept alive Russia's hopes of topping the section, buy any win would have proved enough to claim one of the four best runners-up spots; a draw meant they fell short.

Russia nonetheless started brightly enough and received a major fillip just 29 minutes in when Ioniţă was sent off for a second yellow card. Romania subsequently struggled to keep possession but stood firm in defence and restricted Russia to only a handful of clear opportunities.

Maksim Kanunnikov went as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock, only for his shot from outside the penalty area to be tipped over by Silviu Lung. Aleksei Ionov then chanced his arm from a free-kick, but Lung was again on hand to ensure his side take their place in Friday's play-off draw.

Kolyvanov said: "Despite the result, I think we showed a good level of football. Step by step we have become stronger. The setback against the Faroe Islands played a huge role in our qualifying campaign. We scored two or more goals in every subsequent match before those two games against Romania.

"We were unable to score as the Romania goalkeeper played really well and in at crucial moment we fell short. I think everyone saw that we created three or four clear chances. But it is very hard to win if you do not score. We have prepared for two years. We were at the top for a long time but the last two games blurred the picture."

Last updated: 08/09/10 16.10CET

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Lineup

Russia

Russia

Romania

Romania

1Sergei Pesyakov (GK)1Silviu Lung (GK)
Yellow Card90+3'
4Maksim Kanunnikov2Alexandru Măţel
5Georgi Schennikov3Paul Papp
Yellow Card81'
8Igor Smolnikov
Yellow Card28'
Substitution57'
4Vlad Chiricheş
9Georgi Gabulov
Yellow Card27'
Substitution71'
5Valerică Găman (C)
10Vladimir Dyadyun6Florin Gardoş
Yellow Card45+2'
11Pavel Mamaev (C)7Ioan Hora
15Andrei Ivanov
Yellow Card90+2'
8Andrei Ionescu
Substitution61'
16Evgeni Makeev10Mihai Costea
Substitution90'
17Sergei Parshivlyuk11Alexandru Ioniţă
Yellow Card17'
Red Card29'
18Pavel Yakovlev
Substitution46'
14Raul Rusescu
Substitution67'

Substitutes

12Evgeni Pomazan (GK)12Cezar Lungu (GK)
2Aleksandr Denisov9Liviu Ganea
Substitution67'
3Viktor Vasin13Cornel Râpă
6Aleksandr Sapeta15Eric Bicfalvi
Substitution61'
7Aleksei Ionov
Substitution46'
16Liviu Ion Antal
13Evgeni Balyaykin
Substitution57'
17Gheorghe Grozav
14Alan Gatagov
Substitution71'
Yellow Card90+2'
18Marius Alexe
Substitution90'

Coach

Igor Kolyvanov (RUS) Emil Sandoi (ROU)

Referee

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)

Fourth official

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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