Mutu rescues Romania
Luxembourg take the lead before being pegged back
Last Updated: 29/03/11 9:19pm
Romania had to come from behind to defeat Luxembourg 3-1 with Adrian Mutu scoring twice in their Euro 2012 qualifier.
The visitors took a shock lead in the first half through Lars Gerson but Mutu responded soon after and fired his side in front in the 68th minute.
Romania went on to claim their first victory in five Group D games when Ianis Zicu added a third 12 minutes from time.
They stayed fifth in the group, but moved to within a point of Bosnia-Herzegovina and two of Belarus and Albania.
The hosts were stunned in the 21st minute when Gabriel Muresan's could only clear Mario Mutsch's free-kick as far as Gerson.
The 21-year-old, who plays his club football in the Norwegian second division, fired a left-footed shot back into the top corner from the centre of the area.
Romania were back on level terms three minutes later, though, as Mutu slid a low shot into the corner following Muresan's ball from the right.
Luxembourg were frustrating their opponents, who needed a win to stay in touch with the race for second place in the group but were struggling to create chances.
They had to wait until the 68th minute to take the lead, and again it was Mutu who provided the finish.
Gabriel Torje sent in a right-wing cross and Fiorentina striker Mutu headed it high into the net.
Luxembourg almost hit back immediately but Ciprian Tatarusanu tipped Daniel Da Mota's close-range shot over the bar.
And Zicu sealed the points for Romania in the 78th minute when he headed home from Razvan Rat's corner.
Muresan had a chance to make it four a minute from time, but goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert saved his shot with his feet.
European Championship Qualifying
Tue 29th Mar - Group I
Czech Rep2 - 0Liechtenstein
Lithuania1 - 3Spain
Tue 29th Mar - Group E
Sweden2 - 1Moldova
Holland5 - 3Hungary
Tue 29th Mar - Group F
Israel1 - 0Georgia
Tue 29th Mar - Group A
Turkey2 - 0Austria
Belgium4 - 1Azerbaijan
Tue 29th Mar - Group D
Romania3 - 1Luxembourg
Tue 29th Mar - Group C
Estonia1 - 1Serbia
N Ireland0 - 0Slovenia
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