World Cup qualifying Group D: Romania seal routine 3-0 win over Hungary
Last Updated: 06/09/13 9:25pm
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.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
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