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Four-goal Faris dreams of AFC Cup final

By ESPN Staff

Romania relish chance of causing upsets

ST GALLEN, Switzerland, June 12 (Reuters) - Romania fullback Cosmin Contra said victory over the Netherlands was still his team's best route to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, no matter what happened in their next group game against Italy on Friday.

Contra said his side fancied their chances of beating the world champions, who were defeated 3-0 by the Netherlands in their opening Group C match.

But the Dutch - who Romania beat in qualification - remained their best chance of a victory, Contra believed.

'We have to see what happens against Italy. But we believe we can still beat Holland again,' Contra told reporters at the team's training base.

'They (Dutch) played very well against Italy but we have won against them before and we drew in Rotterdam, so we can beat them again. If we don't lose against Italy we have a chance to qualify against Holland.'

Romania play Netherlands in their final group match on Tuesday.

Contra believes Italy's humiliating defeat to the Dutch and Romania's well earned scoreless draw against France in the other Group C opener, has turned the pressure on the Italians to qualify from the tournament's most difficult group.

'Italy are under pressure. They know that if they don't win against us, they probably go home early, so all the pressure is on the team of Italy,' Contra said.

'I think a lot depends on this game. If we draw or even win, then we have a really good chance to progress.'

He said the Dutch victory over Italy has given his side confidence they can exploit the Azzurri defence and grab what would be the biggest shock of the finals so far.

'They need to win, so they go on attack and leave us with more space to create more chances. I think they have a lot of problems in defence.'


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