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WC Qualification Europe

  • October 16, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Arena Naţională, Bucureşti
  • Referee: C. Thomson
  • • Attendance: 53329

Romania - Netherlands Preview: Group D's top two clash in Bucharest

Romania - Netherlands Preview: Group D's top two clash in Bucharest


After defeating Andorra in straightforward fashion on Friday, the Oranje face a sterner test in Bucharest after the hosts' victory in Turkey



Goian, Tamas, Chiriches, Rat

Torje, Bourceanu, Pintilii
Grozav, Stancu, Marica

Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Vlaar, Martins Indi

Van der Vaart, De Jong, Strootman
Narsingh, Van Persie, Lens

Louis van Gaal had hoped that Arjen Robben would be available for his Netherlands squad as they travel to face Romania, but the Bayern Munich winger did not prove his fitness in time, and Eljero Elia has been called up in his place.

Daryl Janmaat is likely to relinquish his spot in defence to Ajax's Ricardo van Rhijn, while Luciano Narsingh should join the attack ahead of Ruben Schaken.

The home side, who have recorded nine points out of nine in Group D so far, are fresh from a stunning win in Turkey thanks to Gheorghe Grozav's first-half goal, and the striker looks set to retain his position in attack.

  • Romania haven't qualified for the World Cup finals since 1998, where they beat England but were eventually eliminated by Croatia in the round of 16.
  • The furthest they have ever went in the competitions was in 1994, where a Gheorge Hagi-inspired side defeated Argentina en route to the quarter-finals.

  • Romania are yet to concede a goal in Group D, recording a 2-0 win over Estonia and a 4-0 triumph over Andorra before taking the scalp of Turkey on Friday.
  • Netherlands will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory in order to retain their 100% record in World Cup qualifying Group D.

  • The Oranje may have won their last three qualifiers, but had lost four consecutive matches prior to that, stretching back to Euro 2012.

  • When the sides last met in qualifying in 2007, Romania came out on top, Dorin Goian netting the only goal of the contest. 

Players to watch

G. Grozav

Position: Attacker

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The Petrolul Proiesti attacker grabbed his first competitive international goal against Turkey, and the 22-year-old will be out to continue his form in front of goal against even more illustrious opposition. He has a one in two strike rate for the Tricolorii, and Netherlands will need to be wary of his abilities.

J. Lens

Position: Midfielder

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The PSV attacker has been in fine form domestically this season, while he didn't disappoint for Oranje either in the games versus Hungary and Andorra. With Robben unavailable due to injury, Lens is expected to start on the left, and the versatile attacker will be desperate to once more prove his worth as he aims to earn himself a transfer to a bigger club at the end of the season.

Editor's Prediction

The home side may have recorded an impressive victory in Istanbul on Friday, but the Dutch have been efficient in qualifying for major tournaments in recent years, and expect them to take another significant step towards Rio.

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