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    1

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    1

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    2

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    3

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    1

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    1

    Malta

    1

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    Romania

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    Germany

    2

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    4

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Netherlands 0-0 Romania: Lacklustre stalemate

ROTTERDAM, March 24 (Euro 2008 Qualifying) - Holland and Romania maintained their unbeaten records in Group G with an uninspiring goalless draw in Rotterdam.

The result keeps Marco van Basten's side three points clear of Romania at the

summit of the group, but they have played a game more than their opponents.

Van Basten was able to call upon the services of Arjen Robben, who had

recovered from a knee injury, and the Chelsea man partnered sought-after Ajax

striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in attack.

But it was the visitors who looked most threatening in the early stages and

they twice went close to opening the scoring.

Firstly, Dorin Goian's header from the edge of the penalty area arrowed

narrowly past the post, while Ciprian Marica saw his crisp drive from 15 yards

tipped around the post by Maarten Stekelenburg, who replaced the injured Edwin

van der Sar in goal.

Romania were dominant in the opening 10 minutes and they went close again when

Adrian Mutu's powerful long-range drive was well saved by the athletic

Stekelenburg.

It was all Romania and only a smart save from Stekelenburg denied Goian giving

his side the lead their enterprising play deserved after 20 minutes.

The pressure from Romania was relentless and both Paul Codrea and Marica saw

efforts fly just past Stekelenburg's post as they tried in vain to find the

opening goal of the game.

Holland had to wait until seven minutes before the break for their first real

sight of goal and it came from the left boot of midfielder Rafael van der

Vaart.

The Hamburg player unleashed a stinging drive from 20 yards that was well

saved by Romania goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont, but, in truth, Holland's limp

first-half display did not deserve a goal.

Romania started the second half in the same fashion they had begun the first

and Fiorentina striker Mutu saw his fierce strike from the edge of the penalty

area fly narrowly over Stekelenburg's crossbar.

Holland threatened through Robben and Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the second

half, but they were unable to find a way past a solid Romania backline which was

expertly marshalled by Goian.

Scoring Summary

  • Netherlands
  • Romania
 
 

Match Stats

  • Netherlands
  • Romania
8(5) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
14 Fouls 18
7 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 1
50% Time of Possession 50%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 8

Teams

  • Netherlands
  • Romania
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