Romania beats Luxembourg 3-1 in Euro qualifier
Adrian Mutu scored twice Tuesday as Romania came from behind to
beat Luxembourg 3-1 in a qualifier for the 2012 European
Championship between the two last-place teams in Group D.
Lars Gerson gave Luxembourg the lead with a shot from 10 meters
out in the 21st minute, causing thousands of Romanian fans in the
northeastern city of Piatra Neamt where the match was played to
yell ”Resign, Resign” to coach Razvan Lucescu.
They fell silent two minutes later, Mutu shooting beyond
goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert from a similar distance following a
raking 40-meter pass from Gabriel Muresan.
Mutu put the hosts ahead in the 67th minute with a header from
Gabriel Torje’s cross, and Ianis Zicu wrapped up the win in the
77th from Ciprian Marica’s pass after a corner.
Romania stayed next-to-last in the group but improved to 5
points, seven behind leader France. Luxembourg has 1 point.
Mutu had a chance to score a hat trick in the 74th minute but
shot over the crossbar, and he was replaced to a standing ovation
10 minutes later.
Praising Mutu’s ”highly motivated” attitude, Lucescu called
him ”one of the great talents of Romanian football,” in comments
after the match.
He is mature and has little time left to play football and has
the responsibility to leave football in a dignified manner,” said
Lucescu, who has had a tense relationship with 32-year-old Mutu in
Mutu has had a troubled past, having been ordered to pay former
club Chelsea more than ?17 million ($22 million) in compensation in
a lengthy legal case stemming from a positive doping test for
In October, he attacked a barman little more than a week before
his return from a separate nine-month doping ban.
Romania: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Cristian Sapunaru, Florin Gardos,
Razvan Rat, Gabriel Tamas (Dorin Goian, 65), Gabriel Muresan,
Adrian Ropotan, Ianis Zicu, Ciprian Marica, Adrian Mutu (Marius
Alexe, 85), Bogdan Stancu (Gabriel Torje, 45).
Luxembourg: Jonathan Joubert, Guy Blaise, Eric Hoffmann, Tom
Schnell (Massimo Martino, 90th), Gilles Bettmer (Tom Laterza, 81),
Lars Gerson (Daniel Da Mota, 59), Charles Leweck, Mario Mutsch, Ben
Payal, Rene Peters, Aurelien Joachim.