England hold Romania to reach U21 finals

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 14.31CET
Romania 0-0 England (agg: 1-2)
Stuart Pearce's England team stood firm in Botosani to advance to their third successive UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.
England hold Romania to reach U21 finals
England players congregate to celebrate edging out Romania ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

RomaniaEngland

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
1
Corners9
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
15

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Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 14.31CET

England hold Romania to reach U21 finals

Romania 0-0 England (agg: 1-2)
Stuart Pearce's England team stood firm in Botosani to advance to their third successive UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

England defeated Romania 2-1 on aggregate after a goalless second leg in Botosani to secure their place in next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark.

Chris Smalling's late winner in Friday's play-off first leg in Norwich ultimately proved the difference between the sides, as England goalkeeper Frank Fielding was equal to everything thrown at him at the Municipal Stadium – the clean sheet enough to send the 2009 runners-up through to a third successive U21 finals.

The home team created three chances in the first six minutes yet it was England who almost scored from their first when Daniel Sturridge elicited a diving save from Silviu Lung with a powerful shot from a narrowing angle.

The Chelsea FC striker then scuffed a clearer opportunity on the quarter-hour after bursting through two defenders, after which Romania once again assumed control with playmaking captain Gabriel Torje irrepressible in midfield.

The No10 forced Fielding into two goal-line stops late in the first half, the first being spilled to Ştefan Bărboianu whose lovely touch to Marius Alexe was blazed over from five metres.

Fielding nearly let a weak shot pass under him in the 69th minute but recovered in time to avert the danger. The keeper also dropped a long punt into a packed box but knew it was his day and England's when a flick on from a corner in the final move of the game whistled just wide.

Last updated: 12/10/10 16.18CET

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England

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1Silviu Lung (GK)1Frank Fielding (GK)
2Cornel Râpă
Substitution62'
2Michael Mancienne (C)
Yellow Card42'
3Paul Papp3Ryan Bertrand
4Ştefan Bărboianu4Fabrice Muamba
5Valerică Găman
Yellow Card74'
5Chris Smalling
6Eric Bicfalvi6Phil Jones
7Ioan Hora
Substitution77'
7Thomas Cleverley
Yellow Card69'
8Florin Gardoş8Jordan Henderson
9Marius Alexe
Substitution73'
9Daniel Welbeck
Substitution90'
10Gabriel Torje (C)10Daniel Sturridge
Substitution62'
Yellow Card62'
11Sabrin Sburlea11Danny Rose
Yellow Card41'
Substitution82'

Substitutes

12Cezar Lungu (GK)13Scott Loach (GK)
13Vlad Chiricheş
Substitution62'
12Henri Lansbury
Substitution62'
14Raul Rusescu
Substitution73'
14Martin Kelly
15Silviu Ilie15Jack Cork
Substitution82'
16Ionuţ Neagu16Kyle Walker
17Andrei Ionescu17Kieran Trippier
18Constantin Gângioveanu
Substitution77'
18Nathan Delfouneso
Substitution90'

Coach

Emil Sandoi (ROU) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Cyril Gringore (FRA), Nicolas Pottier (FRA)

Fourth official

Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)

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