Romania beats Bosnia 3-0 in Euro 2012 qualifier
Striker Ciprian Marica scored twice as Romania beat Bosnia 3-0
in a qualifier for the 2012 European Championship on Friday.
Razvan Rat set up Adrian Mutu for the opener in the 36th before
providing the pass for Marica to score his first in the 40th.
Marica doubled his tally in the 55th with a shot over Bosnian
goalkeeper Kenan Hasagic.
Ciprian Sapunaru had a chance to make it 4-0 in added time at
the end, but missed a penalty.
Romania had a goal disallowed in the 9th when Gabriel Muresan
headed in from a throw-in – only for the officials to spot that
Sapunaru didn’t have both feet on the ground when he took the
Bosnia also had a goal chalked off in the 19th, after Zvjezdan
Misimovic was flagged offside.
Romania moved up to third in Group D with eight points, one
behind Belarus and five adrift of leader France. Bosnia is in fifth
place with seven points.
The match was seen as Romania’s last chance to rekindle its
hopes of qualifying for the European Championship.
Romania coach Razvan Lucescu, who has been widely criticized for
his team’s performances, praised the support received from
”It counts that we’ve won,” he said.
Mutu captained the Romania side following the international
retirement of 30-year-old Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu.
The match was twice delayed by crowd incidents. Kickoff started
several minutes late after a banner reading ”Free Mladic” was
removed from a fence.
However, the banner was again held up by Romania fans shortly
after the start of the second half, angering some Bosnia supporters
who threw seats.
The trial of former Bosnian Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic
on genocide charges began Friday at The Hague war crimes
Romania: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Cristian Sapunaru, Paul Papp,
Gabriel Tamas, Razvan Rat, Gabriel Muresan, Gabriel Torje,
Alexandru Bourceanu, Lucian Sanmartean (Cristian Tanase, 63),
Adrian Mutu (Romeo Surdu, 83), Ciprian Marica (Marius Alexe,
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Kenan Hasagic, Emir Spahic, Adnan Mravac,
Elvir Rahimic, Miralem Pjanic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senad Lulic,
Mensur Mujdza, Haris Medunjanin (Vedad Ibisevic, 46), Senijad
Ibricic (Semir Stilic, 64), Edin Dzeko (Zlatan Muslimovic, 64).