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November 19, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
Arena Naţională — Bucureşti
Referee:‬ M. Mažić‎
Attendance:‬ 49793‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Romania 1-1 Greece (Agg 2-4)

Goal rates the players on show as a draw proves to be enough for Fernando Santos' men to secure their spot in Brazil for next summer's World Cup

By Tom Webber

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    9
    3
    3.00

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    The keeper could perhaps have been quicker off of his line as Mitroglou went through on goal but he may still have been caught out. He had little to do for the rest of the game as Romania dominated possession.

  • Alexandru Măţel
    2
    8
    2.00

    Alexandru Măţel

    The right-back was caught napping, sitting far too deep and playing Mitroglou onside as he went through to open the scoring.

  • Dorin Goian
    2
    7
    2.50

    Dorin Goian

    Did not always appear confident with the ball at his feet and he was a bit too lax in possession. He did not provide enough of a threat from set pieces and he allowed Mitroglou to peel off him for the opener.

  • R. Raţ
    4
    5

    R. Raţ

    Put a couple of decent crosses into the area but was withdrawn early in the first half due to injury.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    9
    3
    3.00

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    Guilty of being too hesitant on occasions and he was nearly punished by Karagounis in the first half. He improved after the break and was far more composed.

  • Alexandru Iulian Maxim
    8
    2
    3.00

    Alexandru Iulian Maxim

    The left midfielder showed bursts of pace but rarely frequently enough to cause any trouble to Greece. He upped his game in the second half and did his utmost to create chances for his team.

  • Cristian Tanase
    1
    8
    2.50

    Cristian Tanase

    Should have been the creative hub in the Romania midfield but though he attempted to orchestrate attacks he was unable to find the killer ball to open up the Greek defence.

  • Gabriel Torje
    4
    6
    2.50

    Gabriel Torje

    Began the game in an extremely lively manner as he drifted in from the right and put the opposition under pressure. He quickly faded into a peripheral figure, though, and was withdrawn in the second half.

  • Ovidiu Ştefan Hoban
    7
    1
    3.50

    Ovidiu Ştefan Hoban

    Played an extremely measured game in midfield, recycling the ball effectively for his team. His was the pass that split the Greece defence and culminated in them putting through their own net.

  • Bogdan Stancu
    3
    6
    2.50

    Bogdan Stancu

    Looked assured on the ball but he failed to offer enough support to Marica and left the striker isolated. He did not get into areas from which he could test the keeper, nor did he supply his team-mates with such a service.

  • Ciprian Marica
    3
    10
    2.00

    Ciprian Marica Flop of the Match

    The striker received minimal service throughout the game, but his movement was not of the highest standard either. He had one effort which he blazed over the top on the stroke of half time in an awful game.

Substitutions

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    3
    2
    3.00

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    Replaced Rat after 26 minutes and did a decent job up against Salpingidis. He got forward a couple of times but was unable to hit the target with his efforts at goal.

  • Gheorghe Grozav
    1
    1

    Gheorghe Grozav

    Came on for Stancu in the 87th minute.

  • Marius Constantin Niculae
    3
    3
    2.50

    Marius Constantin Niculae

    Brought on for Torje in the 56th minute but did not add anything different to the Romania attack.

  • Orestis Karnezis
    16
    1
    3.00

    Orestis Karnezis

    The keeper barely had a thing to do in the first half and was only beaten in the second period by an unbelievable own goal.

  • Dimitris Siovas
    18
    0
    3.00

    Dimitris Siovas

    Looked impenetrable alongside Sokratis in the first half as they dealt with everything Romania had to offer. He came under increased pressure in the second half but kept a cool head to see the game out.

  • Giannis Maniatis
    18
    0
    3.00

    Giannis Maniatis

    Worked extremely hard for his side. He slotted in when Torosidis bombed on and helped ensure his team did not get caught on the counterattack.

  • Jose Holebas
    19
    0
    3.00

    Jose Holebas

    The left-back had the first real chance of the game as he pulled a strong save from Tatarusanu in the early exchanges and restricted the amount of service that came in from his flank.

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    27
    0
    3.50

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    An impressive game from the Dortmund centre-back as he dominated absolutely everthing in the air. His positioning was impressive and he marked Marica out of the game for the full 90 minutes.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    18
    3
    2.50

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Bombed on from full-back regularly and helped support the forwards as often as possible. He remained solid defensively but a mix-up at the back saw him put the ball through his own net for a bizarre own goal.

  • Alexandros Tziolis
    12
    4
    3.00

    Alexandros Tziolis

    Struggled to get close to the ball in midfield as Romania dominated possession for large periods of the game. He did not push on to support the forwards but was efficient in the middle.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    30
    0
    3.50

    Giorgos Karagounis Top of the Match

    Put some great deliveries in from set plays which created opportunities to shoot for his team. He also supplied an assist for Mitroglou's goal with a lovely chipped pass over the defence.

  • Dimitris Salpingidis
    17
    4
    2.50

    Dimitris Salpingidis

    Did not supply enough relief to his defence when gaining possession and was a bit to rushed with it. He failed to test the opposing keeper and created very little, nor did he defend as vigorously as Samaras.

  • Georgios Samaras
    26
    3
    3.50

    Georgios Samaras

    An extremely hard-working performance from the Celtic man as he helped offer Holebas maximum protection throughout the game. When the opportunity to counter presented itself he showed no hesitation in joining.

  • Konstantinos Mitroglou
    31
    0
    3.50

    Konstantinos Mitroglou

    Opened the scoring by peeling off Goian before slotting a cool finish into the net. It made the task that more daunting for Romania and even though he had little to feed off for the remainder, his impact was big.

Substitutions

  • Konstantinos Manolas
    17
    0

    Konstantinos Manolas

    Brought on for Siovas in the 80th minute.

  • Loukas Vyntra
    15
    1
    3.00

    Loukas Vyntra

    Replaced Torosidis in the 72nd minute and was a solid presence in defence.

  • Andreas Samaris
    15
    0

    Andreas Samaris

    Came on for Karagounis with just over 15 minutes remaining.

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