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June 26, 2022

EURO 2016 Qualifiers, Group F: Romania 1 – Hungary 1

Romania finished their game against Hungary in a tie on Saturday evening, score 1-1. The game, played on Bucharest’s National Arena, was part of the second round of Group F games counting for the EURO 2016 qualifiers. The goals were scored by Rusescu (44th min) and Dzsudzsak (82nd min).
The game leaves Romania on third place in the Group F rankings, with a total of 4 points after one victory (1-0 against Greece) and one draw (1-1 against Hungary). Northern Ireland tops the group rankings with 6 points in 2 games. Finland is second with 4 points, Greece is third with 1 point, Hungary is fifth with 1 point and the Faeroe Islands is on last place with zero points.
The third round of group games will take place on October 14: Hungary vs. Faeroe Islands, Greece vs. Northern Ireland and Romania vs. Finland.
Coach Victor Piturca stated on Saturday evening after the game that this draw cannot be considered a drama, bearing in mind that the Romanian team has won one point.
“This draw can’t be a drama. It’s one point won, now we are focusing on Helsinki. We need at least one point to erase this result. The games of this group will probably go like this. They will be on the edge. At this moment my preoccupation is for the players to recover physically and especially mentally, because they were a little shaken,” Piturca said.
Victor Piturca pointed out that Romania nevertheless should have won the game against Hungary. “Unfortunately things didn’t go as we wanted. Based on how the first half looked we should have won. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to score faster or to score the second goal,” he explained.
Incidents occurred during the game that took place on the National Arena on Saturday. Approximately 30 Romanian fans were taken to police precincts, five of them received one-year bans from stadiums and several persons needed medical assistance, Romanian Gendarmerie Spokesperson Irina Dragan stated.
“There were incidents in the Hungarian fans’ area. During the first half there was a tense moment between the two groups of fans, who threw petards from one section to the other, the gendarmes having to intervene in order for the game to continue safely. There was no need to evacuate the fans, but there were persons taken out of the stadium in order to be identified and for legal measures to be applied,” Dragan stated. She added that no Hungarian fan was detained and the Hungarian fans did not need medical assistance.

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