BUCHAREST, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Romania scored twice in the
opening 10 minutes on their way to a 3-1 defeat of Belarus in a
Euro 2008 Group G qualifier on Saturday.
Adrian Mutu converted a cross from Florentin Petre for his
21st goal in 49 matches for Romania after seven minutes and
Shakhtar Donetsk striker Ciprian Marica added the second to
leave Belarus reeling.
Belarus got back into the match when Sergei Kornilenko
scored from inside the area after 20 minutes.
Kornilenko failed to convert two great opportunities early
in the second half, home keeper Daniel Coman coming to the
rescue after defensive errors.
Romania were given some breathing space when central
defender Dorin Goian, called in at the last minute to replace
injured Sorin Ghionea, headed home 14 minute from time.
Romania have won two and drawn one of their three matches to
lead the group from the Netherlands who were in action later
Police were forced to use tear gas to quell fan violence