• FT

    Armenia

    0

    Kazakhstan

    1

  • FT

    Georgia

    0

    Lithuania

    2

  • FT

    Romania

    6

    Albania

    1

  • FT

    Cyprus

    0

    Czech Rep

    2

  • FT

    Azerbaijan

    0

    Belgium

    1

  • FT

    Belarus

    2

    Netherlands

    1

  • FT

    Israel

    1

    Macedonia

    0

  • FT

    Slovenia

    0

    Bulgaria

    2

  • FT

    Denmark

    3

    Iceland

    0

  • FT

    Malta

    1

    Norway

    4

  • FT

    Spain

    1

    N Ireland

    0

  • FT

    Sweden

    2

    Latvia

    1

  • FT

    Turkey

    1

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

  • FT

    Hungary

    1

    Greece

    2

  • FT

    Germany

    0

    Wales

    0

  • FT

    Italy

    3

    Faroe Island

    1

  • FT

    San Marino

    0

    Slovakia

    5

  • FT

    Ukraine

    2

    France

    2

  • FT

    Portugal

    0

    Finland

    0

  • FT

    Serbia

    2

    Poland

    2

  • FT

    Andorra

    0

    Russia

    1

  • FT

    England

    2

    Croatia

    3

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Lia Manoilu

Referee: Edo Trivkovic | Attendance: 25000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Romania

  • Nicolae Marius Dica 22'
  • Gabriel Tamas 53'
  • Daniel George Niculae 64'
  • Daniel George Niculae 66'
  • Ciprian Marica 71' PEN
  • Nicolae Marius Dica 73' PEN

6 - 1

FT

Albania

  • Edmond Kapllani 65'

Romania 6-1 Albania: Dica double leads rout

BUCHAREST, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Nicolae Dica and Daniel

Niculae scored twice as Romania capped a fine Euro 2008

qualifying campaign by thrashing Albania 6-1 to seal top spot in

Group G on Wednesday.

Steaua Bucharest forward Dica opened the scoring after 21

minutes to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break and converted

a penalty in the second half.

Niculae scored his double in just two minutes midway through

the second half.

The other goals came from Gabriel Tamas, who scored with a

30-metre free kick eight minutes after the break, and from

Ciprian Marica who converted another penalty in the second half.

Albania finished with nine men after defender Debatik Curri

was sent off on the hour and fellow centre back Nevil Dede

followed 11 minutes later.

Substitute Edmond Kapllani notched Albania's only goal in

between Niculae's quick-fire double.

Romania finished with 29 points from 12 matches and the

team's good run in the qualifiers gave coach Victor Piturca hope

they might follow Greece as European champions.

'I never said that Romania will win the championship but we

have the right to dream about it after such a good campaign,'

Piturca told reporters.

Albania had chances to score but Dinamo Bucharest goalkeeper

Bogdan Lobont fulfilled his task.

Striker Ervin Skela came close to equalising immediately

after Romania's opener when he hit the crossbar with a powerful

shot from the edge of the area.

Lobont denied Klodian Duro a goal from a counter-attack at

the end of the first half and saved his team again after the

interval when he blocked Erjon Bogdani's shot from the area.

However, Romania gradually raised the pressure, taking

advantage of Albania's two red cards and the home side did not

feel the absence of captain Cristian Chivu and prolific striker

Adrian Mutu who were sidelined by injuries.

It was Romania's last match in the 55-year-old, 52,000-seat

National stadium, the largest in the country, which is to be

destroyed to make room to a modern arena in the next two years.

Scoring Summary

  • Romania
  • Albania

Match Stats

  • Romania
  • Albania
17(8) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
9 Fouls 12
5 Corner kicks 2
5 Offsides 3
63% Time of Possession 37%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 2
4 Saves 4

Teams

  • Romania
  • Albania
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