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World Cup qualifiers: Romania grabbed second in Group D with 2-0 win over Estonia

Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:16pm

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Romania celebrate Ciprian Marica's opening goal

Romania celebrate Ciprian Marica's opening goal

Romania pipped Turkey to second spot in Group D and a place in the World Cup play-offs by defeating Estonia 2-0 in Bucharest thanks to a brace from Ciprian Marica.

Victor Piturca's side started the final round of qualifiers behind second-placed Turkey on goal difference, but they got the two results they needed on Tuesday evening to claim the runners-up berth.

In their match, Marica's first-half penalty and 81st-minute header earned Romania an expected win over second-bottom Estonia and they also got the helping hand they had been hoping for from group winners Holland, who beat Turkey in Istanbul.

Estonia's chances of getting into the top two had long since evaporated but they were clearly not going to gift Romania the three points and almost took a 23rd-minute lead when Tarmo Kink's long-range effort drew a brilliant save out of Ciprian Tatarusanu.

That let-off appeared to spark Romania into life and they went close themselves soon after through Bogdan Stancu before getting their noses in front in the 31st minute.

Stancu was fouled by Mikk Reintam inside the area and Getafe striker Marica slammed home the resulting penalty to make it 1-0.

Romania looked to increase their advantage before the break and Marica was only denied a second goal by a superb save by Sergei Pareiko, who tipped his shot around the post.

Pareiko denied Romania again in the second half with a fine save to push wide Gheorghe Grozav's 76th-minute volley, and at that stage the nerves might have been starting to build in Bucharest.

However, five minutes later Marica eased the tension when he headed home Alexandru Matel's cross and, with Turkey going down to Holland, Romania could celebrate claiming second spot when the full-time whistle blew.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
    Tue 15th Oct - Group F
    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
    Tue 15th Oct - Group D
    Tue 15th Oct - Group B
    Tue 15th Oct - Group A
    Tue 15th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      0 - 3
      Austria
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    • Rep Ireland
      3 - 1
      Kazakhstan
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    • Sweden
      3 - 5
      Germany
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group H
    Tue 15th Oct - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4