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Romania 0-0 France

Romania coach Victor Piturca
Piturca is in his second spell as Romania coach

Romania coach Victor Piturca questioned the quality of France after his side held one of the favourites at Euro 2008 to a goalless draw.

Piturca's players put in an admirable performance in the Group C opener in a game which saw France lack creativity.

"Personally we wanted all three points," said Piturca. "Perhaps France are no longer at the same level as before. It's a fair result.

"We are both still in a good position to qualify."

A disciplined and organised Romania hardly gave France a sniff of goal as they denied their opponents time and space on the ball.

Romania's Cosmin contra on the 0-0 draw.

Romania themselves only created a minimal goal threat in a game dominated by defences.

"Maybe the French are bored with playing at the highest level and let us Romanians win a point," added Piturca. "My players are exhausted."

"This has been the first very hot day after a week of cold weather - it made things difficult and didn't help the teams to find solutions."


Piturca also cited the backing of the Romania fans as he added: "It was very important to play well in front of all those fans.

"We felt their hearts supporting us and I'm really glad we managed to satisfy them."

Group C
17 June 2008 21:41
    P GD PTS
1 Netherlands 3 8 9
2 Italy 3 -1 4
3 Romania 3 -2 2
4 France 3 -5 1

see also
Romania team guide
15 May 08 |  Romania
France team guide
15 May 08 |  France

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