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April 18, 2021

Football: Romania 3 – Slovenia 4

Romania’s national football team lost its friendly against Slovenia on Wednesday evening, score 3-4. Romania thus lost its last test ahead of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, being defeated by the team that prevented it from qualifying for the World Cup 2002 tournament. Slovenia took an early lead in the 3rd minute when Cesar headed the ball in. Romania played modestly in the first half, without creating important actions, so that the first half ended 1-0 for Slovenia. The goal-fest started in the 51st minute after Dedici put Slovenia two goals ahead by converting a penalty kick. Paul Papp brought Romania back in the game five minutes later. Dedici scored again four minutes later, restoring Slovenia’s two-goal lead. Romania fought back in the 67th minute, Gabriel Torje converting a penalty kick, but Slovenia’s Kim restored his team’s two-goal lead at the end of a counter-attack, score 4-2. Gicu Grozav scored the game’s final goal 10 minutes before the final whistle. Romania will next play an away game against Estonia on September 9, in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.Head coach Victor Piturca stated that Romania lost its friendly categorically, despite the score, pointing out that the easily conceded goals worry him in view of the team’s debut in the World Cup qualifiers, prosport.ro informs. “There will always be things to sort out, but you forget we no longer have the time. The game against Estonia is approaching fast and we’ll be in trouble unless we win. If we want to qualify for the World Cup we have to win this game. I didn’t notice anyone in particular, maybe this kid Gicu Grozav who managed to score again. I hope we’ll play better against Estonia, I believe we will,” Piturca stated.

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