Gauračs stars as Latvia stun Romania

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 21.45CET
Latvia 5-1 Romania
Edgars Gauračs scored his second hat-trick of Latvia's qualifying campaign as the home side stunned the Group 1 leaders in Riga.
by Mikhail Korolev
from Riga
Gauračs stars as Latvia stun Romania
Edgars Gauračs celebrates scoring for Latvia ©Zigismunds Zalmanis

Match statistics

LatviaRomania

Goals scored5
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts13
 
27
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
11
Fouls committed12
 
10

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Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 21.45CET

Gauračs stars as Latvia stun Romania

Latvia 5-1 Romania
Edgars Gauračs scored his second hat-trick of Latvia's qualifying campaign as the home side stunned the Group 1 leaders in Riga.

Edgars Gauračs scored his second hat-trick of Latvia's qualifying campaign as the home side stunned Group 1 leaders Romania 5-1 in Riga.

Top scorer
Gauračs had also hit three in victory against the Faroe Islands last month and now has a competition-leading seven qualifying goals to his name after a commanding performance at the Daugava Stadium which sent Romania crashing to their first defeat after four successive wins.

Gauračs hat-trick
Artjoms Rudņevs opened the scoring in the 30th minute and Latvia went into the break 2-0 in front after FK Ventspils striker Gauračs struck his first of the night with a spectacular scissors-kick nine minutes later. Further goals followed from Gauračs on 63 and 66 minutes, with the 21-year-old completing his hat-trick with a direct free-kick.

Rudņevs double
Still Latvia were not finished and Rudņevs claimed his second and Latvia's fifth with five minutes to play after latching on to Daniils Turkovs's fine pass. Gabriel Torje pulled one back for Romania from the penalty spot, his fifth goal in qualifying, in the fourth minute of added time, but the result had long since been decided. Romania still head the section on 12 points, three ahead of Latvia and Russia, who play their game in hand at home to the Faroe Islands on Saturday.

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Last updated: 10/10/09 3.00CET

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Latvia

Latvia

Romania

Romania

1Kaspars Ikstens (GK)1Silviu Lung (GK)
4Jevgēņijs Kazura2Ştefan Bărboianu
6Igors Tarasovs4Silviu Ilie
7Vadims Žulevs
Substitution87'
5Valerică Găman
8Aleksandrs Gramovičs6Andrei Cordos
Yellow Card42'
10Edgars Gauračs (C)
Goal39'
Goal63'
Goal66'
Substitution77'
7Paul Pârvulescu
Substitution46'
14Toms Mežs8Andrei Ionescu
Substitution81'
15Aleksejs Kuplovs-Oginskis9Liviu Ganea
16Artjoms Rudņevs
Goal30'
Goal85'
10Gabriel Torje (C)
Goal90+4'
17Antons Kurakins
Yellow Card90+4'
15Alexandru Ioniţă
Substitution66'
18Ritvars Rugins
Substitution85'
16Eric Bicfalvi

Substitutes

12Jevgēņijs Sazonovs (GK)12Cezar Lungu (GK)
2Deniss Petrenko3Radu Barbu
3Staņislavs Pihockis11Mihai Costea
Substitution66'
5Romans Bespalovs13Alexandru Măţel
9Artjoms Osipovs
Substitution85'
14Mihai Onicaş
11Daniils Turkovs
Substitution77'
17Marius Alexe
Substitution81'
13Vadims Gaiļus
Substitution87'
18Sabrin Sburlea
Substitution46'

Coach

Mihails Zemļinskis (LVA) Emil Sandoi (ROU)

Referee

Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Assistant referees

Emiliano Bicaku (ALB), Eduard Miho (ALB)

Fourth official

Kridens Meta (ALB)

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