European Championship Qualifying - Group F
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Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Jonny Evans attempts to block Andrei Prepelita's shot at Windsor Park
Jonny Evans attempts to block Andrei Prepelita's shot at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland remain a point behind Group F leaders Romania after a scrappy Euro 2016 qualifying draw in Belfast.

Alexandru Chipciu wasted a good chance for Romania while Jonny Evans saw his header tipped over before the break.

A deflected Gabriel Torje shot went just wide before Kyle Lafferty fired straight at keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu with the game's best opportunity.

Hungary's win over Finland earlier on Saturday took them to within two points of Michael O'Neill's team.

Romania inflicted Northern Ireland's only defeat of the campaign last November, and with a stiff wind at their backs the visitors made a bright start in a sun-kissed Windsor Park.

Claudiu Keseru rifled a long-range free-kick just wide while Torje was also off-target with a sliced effort.

Northern Ireland improved as a disjointed first half progressed and Lafferty sent a weak shot straight at Tatarusanu.

Mihai Pintilii was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after catching Conor McLaughlin with a high challenge.

Northern Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 Group F qualifiers
Faroe Islands (away)Friday, 4 September 2015
Hungary (home)Monday, 7 September 2015
Greece (home)Thursday, 8 October 2015
Finland (away)Sunday, 11 October 2015

Chipciu was put through in the box but his mis-hit strike merely trundled into the hands of Michael McGovern, who along with Stuart Dallas was making his first competitive start for Northern Ireland.

The hosts pressed before the break and Tatarusanu tipped over a stooping header from Evans after Chris Baird failed to connect with a corner at the near post.

Dallas blasted wide from 25 yards before Lafferty headed over as Northern Ireland sought to capitalise on the wind advantage early in the second half.

The momentum faded and Romania began to threaten, with Keseru finishing a fine move by shooting straight at McGovern.

The dangerous Torje pounced on a McAuley mistake before driving into the box, and his deflected strike flew inches wide of the woodwork.

The best chance of an error-strewn affair came six minutes from time - a free-kick was headed down by McAuley to the unmarked Lafferty, but from eight yards the striker hit down and straight at a grateful Tatarusanu.

The Romanian keeper pushed over an Oliver Norwood free-kick a minute later in the final goalmouth action of the game.

Meanwhile, the Faroe Islands completed a Group F double over Greece with a 2-1 home victory moving the minnows up to fourth place.

Mihai Pintilii was fortunate not to be red-carded for this challenge on Conor McLaughlin
Mihai Pintilii was fortunate not to be red-carded for this challenge on Conor McLaughlin
It was a frustrating game for Kyle Lafferty as he failed to add to his five goals in the campaign
It was a frustrating game for Kyle Lafferty as he failed to add to his five goals in the qualifying campaign
Gabriel Torje was a potent threat for Romania and he gets his shot past Conor McLaughlin
Gabriel Torje was a potent threat for Romania and he gets his shot past Conor McLaughlin

Line-ups

Northern Ireland

  • 1McGovern
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4McAuley
  • 5EvansSubstituted forCathcartat 80'minutes
  • 11BruntBooked at 49mins
  • 8Davis
  • 19WardSubstituted forEvansat 79'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 6Baird
  • 14Dallas
  • 10Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 3Ferguson
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Grigg
  • 12Carson
  • 13Evans
  • 15McCourt
  • 17McNair
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Cathcart
  • 21Magennis
  • 22Lavery
  • 23Taylor

Romania

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 2Papp
  • 6Chiriches
  • 21Grigore
  • 3SepsiBooked at 47mins
  • 18Prepelita
  • 8PintiliiBooked at 29mins
  • 11TorjeBooked at 78mins
  • 10MaximSubstituted forTamasat 90'minutes
  • 7ChipciuSubstituted forStancuat 61'minutes
  • 13KeseruSubstituted forAndoneat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lung Jr.
  • 4Tamas
  • 5Moti
  • 9Andone
  • 14Bumba
  • 15Hoban
  • 16Vatajelu
  • 17Popa
  • 19Stancu
  • 20Bicfalvi
  • 22Sapunaru
  • 23Balgradean
Referee:
Carlos Velasco Carballo

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthern IrelandAway TeamRomania
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Northern Ireland 0, Romania 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northern Ireland 0, Romania 0.

Vlad Chiriches (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland).

Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Northern Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Romania. Gabriel Tamas replaces Alexandru Maxim.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Torje (Romania) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Florin Andone (Romania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland).

Foul by Bogdan Stancu (Romania).

Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Dragos Grigore (Romania).

Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth McAuley with a headed pass.

Foul by Laszlo Sepsi (Romania).

Corry Evans (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Chris Baird (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Dragos Grigore.

Foul by Florin Andone (Romania).

Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Craig Cathcart replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Corry Evans replaces Jamie Ward.

Delay in match Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) because of an injury.

Booking

Gabriel Torje (Romania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gabriel Torje (Romania).

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Florin Andone (Romania) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Torje with a cross.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Paul Papp (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland).

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

Foul by Alexandru Maxim (Romania).

Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Romania. Florin Andone replaces Claudiu Keseru.

Alexandru Maxim (Romania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Baird (Northern Ireland).

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