Grozav keeps Romania perfect
Turkey beaten 1-0 at home in World Cup qualifier
Last Updated: 12/10/12 9:06pm
Ciprian Marica: Helped Romania to a 1-0 win over Turkey
Gheorghe Grozav ensured a third consecutive World Cup qualifying victory for Romania on Friday night, at the expense of a toothless Turkey.
Grozav's smash-and-grab goal on the break livened up an otherwise dull encounter in Group D, with Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin missing the chance to salvage a point at the death.
Romania and Turkey were expected to compete for second place in the pool behind Holland but, with nine points from three games, Victor Piturca's men might just challenge the Oranje for top spot.
Ciprian Tatarusanu was wise to Semih Kaya's bullet header as Turkey tried to seize the initiative in the early exchanges.
Emre's free-kick met Umut Bulut, whose effort sailed over the crossbar, and soon Romania came alive.
A smart strike from Ciprian Marica was foiled only by a brave block from Semih Kaya before Grozav made the breakthrough moments before the interval.
Not Turkey's night
Mihai Pintilii launched a perfect through-ball beyond the Turkish backline, Volkan Demirel dashing out of his area only to be beaten by Grozav's deft finish from fully 30 yards.
Turkey were stunned into submission but Demirel had to look lively on the hour mark as Gabriel Torje waded into the penalty box.
Mevlut Erdinc was then presented with a gilt-edged chance to level, instead shaving a post, before Turan drew a nervous stop from Tatarusanu.
Six minutes of stoppage time were to be played at the Sukru Saracoglu, but it was not to be Turkey's night as Sahin nodded Turan's pinpoint cross just over the bar.
Romania, yet to concede a goal in the qualifying campaign, go head to head with Holland on Tuesday night.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 12th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 6Israel
Fri 12th Oct - Group I
Finland1 - 1Georgia
Belarus0 - 4Spain
Fri 12th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep3 - 1Malta
Armenia1 - 3Italy
Bulgaria1 - 1Denmark
Fri 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 2Sweden
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Rep Ireland1 - 6Germany
Fri 12th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Iceland
Switzerland1 - 1Norway
Slovenia2 - 1Cyprus
Fri 12th Oct - Group G
Liechtenstein0 - 2Lithuania
Slovakia2 - 1Latvia
Greece0 - 0Bosnia
Fri 12th Oct - Group D
Turkey0 - 1Romania
Netherlands3 - 0Andorra
Estonia0 - 1Hungary
Fri 12th Oct - Group H
Moldova0 - 0Ukraine
England5 - 0San Marino
Fri 12th Oct - Group A
Serbia0 - 3Belgium
Macedonia1 - 2Croatia
Wales2 - 1Scotland
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I