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C Marica (2)
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C Tanase (88)

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World Cup qualifying Group D: Romania seal routine 3-0 win over Hungary

Last Updated: 06/09/13 9:25pm

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Ciprian Marica and Alexandru Maxim: Celebrate a Romania goal

Ciprian Marica and Alexandru Maxim: Celebrate a Romania goal

Romania boosted their hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup with a routine 3-0 win over Hungary in Bucharest.

Ciprian Marica and Mihai Pintilii put the hosts in control before half-time and Cristian Tanase rounded off the win late on.

The result saw Romania move ahead of the Magyars into second place behind runaway Group D leaders Holland.

Romania made a dream start when their first attack ended with Marica finding the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards.

Alexandru Bourceanu then warmed visiting keeper Adam Bogdan's palms before Hungary went forward for the first time, Jozsef Varga shooting wide.

Romania's Gabriel Torje volleyed over from a corner and Alexandru Maxim was off target with a free-kick after Torje was fouled just outside the penalty area.

Pintilii fired a powerful long-range shot over the bar but had better luck just after the half-hour when he opted for precision and superbly curled home after Marica teed him up 25 yards out.

Such were Hungary's struggles that coach Sandor Egervari sent on substitute Tamas Hajnal in the 34th minute, Zsolt Korcsmar making way.

The newcomer's drive was tipped over by Ciprian Tatarusanu but there was no change to the scoreline before half-time.

The third quarter of the game passed almost without incident before Romania's Bogdan Stancu sprang into life with a 20-yard shot which forced a good save from Bogdan.

Cristian Tanase's corner was headed over by Dorin Goian and Marica also headed over the bar and then sent a 20-yard shot wide.

Hungary's best chance of pulling a goal back was when Szalai curled a free-kick over, and they conceded a late third to set the seal on defeat.

Substitute Tanase was the scorer, his 20-yard effort skimming into the bottom corner of the forlorn Bogdan's net with two minutes remaining.

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4