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Laurent Blanc blames the pitch after France are held scoreless by Romania in Euro 2012 qualifying

The former Bordeaux coach believes that had his side met their hosts on a more suitable surface, the result would have been different

France coach Laurent Blanc has blasted the state of the surface at the Stadionul National, Bucharest, where his team were held to a scoreless draw against Romania in their Euro 2012 qualifier.

The home side were playing their first encounter in the plush new venue, though the pitch failed to match its surroundings as it cut up terribly during a sterile encounter. Indeed, Blanc has suggested that the condition of the field worked against his side.

“The state of the park was not good, for both teams, but for the side that wants to go and attack it is still more difficult,” he lamented to TF1 after the encounter. “I think Romania's team was content to defend. I would have liked to see the teams play on a good surface.

“We failed to score the goal that would have allowed us to take the three points, so there is regret over this. Next, in what I saw tonight, there were good phases of play and I think there was great ball possession.”

Blanc admitted, however, that qualifying from Group D is set to go down to the wire after Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 1-0 victory over Belarus earlier on Tuesday allowed BiH to move to within a point of France.

“Of course, we cannot project ourselves forward as easily as I would have liked, but the state of the field has much to do with that.

“First place will be played to the end with Bosnia, but that is one thing that we had more or less expected. The last two games will be decisive.”

While France are still in a healthy position to progress, Romania’s challenge was all but ended in a rather tame manner.

Meanwhile, officials at the new national stadium will be fretting over the state of their playing surface prior to the Europa League final, which is due to be played at the venue next May.