Writer: Vital York
Date:Tuesday October 15 2013
York City winger Sander Puri was recalled to the side as Estonia went down 2-0 in their final World Cup qualifier in Romania.
Estonia were left chasing the game during the early stages until Konstantin Vassiljev struck narrowly wide and Romanian keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu parried from Tarmo Kink. Bogdan Stancu volleyed over in reply and Cristian Tanase then missed the target.
However, Romania enhanced their chances of claiming the runners-up spot in the group when Ciprian Marica emphatically crashed a 30th minute penalty into roof of the net after Mikk Reintam was harshly adjudged to have pulled back Stancu inside the area. Goalscorer Marica immediately had a header turned aside by Sergei Pareiko while Gheorghe Bucur was marginally wide with a 20-yard effort.
A good run down the right by Puri soon witnessed Kink's cross being deflected high into the Tatarusanu's clutches by a covering defender before Kink bounced an instinctive 25-yard drive just wide ahead of the break.
Former Middlesbrough forward Kink continued to appear lively when heading behind Joel Lindpere's cross upon the restart as the visitors were noticeably pressing further up the pitch. Puri was replaced just ahead of the hour.
Romania were far less adventurous in their approach than in the opening half, although substitute Gheorghe Grozav was denied by Pareiko at the far post after the keeper had misjudged the initial cross.
But Marica headed his second goal of the night from Alexandru Matel's delivery to finally settle any doubt with nine minutes remaining and ensure the Romanians second place in the group.
Romania: Tatarusanu, Matel, Rat, Goian, Gardos, Bourceanu, Lazar (Hoban 79), Tanase, Marica, Stancu (Grozav 46), Bucur (Torje 57)
Goals: Marica (pen 30, 81)
Estonia: Pareiko, Reintam, Klavan, Jaager, Dmitrijev, Puri (Ojamaa 59), Kink, Lindpere (Kruglov 75), Vassiljev, Teniste, Zenjov (Anier 46)
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Date:Tuesday October 15 2013
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