World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Romania 3 Kazakhstan 1, Cosmin Contra’s first match as national team coach


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Romania’s national football team defeated Kazakhstan 3-1 (2-0) Thursday evening at “Ilie Oana” stadium in Ploiesti in Group E qualifying group of the World Cup 2018, in the first match of Cosmin Contra as coach of the national team.

Romania made a good match and won by the goals scored by Constantin Budescu (33rd, 38th min. – penalty) and Claudiu Keşeru (73rd min.), respectively Baurijan Turisbek (82nd min.).

Romania, which will finish fourth in Group E rankings, regardless of the other results, will play on Sunday in Copenhagen, against Denmark, in its last match in this campaign, resulting in failing to qualify to the next year’s World Cup.

Attendance: 11,000 spectators.


Romania: 12. Ciprian Tătărușanu — 2. Romario Benzar, 6. Vlad Chiricheș (captain), 21. Dragoș Grigore, 3. Cristian Ganea — 8. Mihai Pintilii (5. Ovidiu Hoban, 70th min.), 18. Răzvan Marin — 7. Alexandru Chipciu, 14. Constantin Budescu (22. Alexandru Ioniță II, 80th min.), 10. Gheorghe Grozav — 9. Florin Andone (11. Claudiu Keșeru, 66th min.). Coach: Cosmin Contra.

Kazakhstan: 12. Stas Pokatilov — 21. Abzal Beisebekov, 2. Serghei Malîi, 6. Ieldos Ahmetov, 4. Viktor Dmitrenko, 16. Gafurjan Suiumbaev — 8. Ashat Taghiberghen (9. Baurijan Turisbek, 65th min.) — 5. Islambek Kuat (captain), 7. Aslan Darabaev, 13. Azat Nurgaliev (20. Serghei Hijnicenko, 46th min.) — 14. Roman Murtazaev (19. Aleksei Șciotkin, 58th min.). Coach: Aleksandr Borodiuk.

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