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UEFA Nations League: 10-men Romania draws against Serbia, slim chances to get the first position

Romania’s football national team has ended the match against Serbia, counting for the UEFA Nations League, in a draw, 0-0, although it played more than 45 minutes one man down.

Gabriel Tamas was shown the red card in the 44th minute and Tadici missed a penalty shot two minutes mater. The match counted for Group 4 of the C series.

The Serbs dominated the match and had lots of goal opportunities, but the Romanian national team fought hard to keep the score level.

More than 48,000 spectators attended the match on the National Arena in Bucharest.

The chances for Romania to top the group are slim, as it depends on the rest of the results.

Teams:

Romania: 12. Tătăruşanu – 6. Manea, 4. Tamaş, 22. Săpunaru-captain, 3. Toşca – 5. Băluţă, 18. Marin – 10. Maxim (9. Rotariu 71st minute), 23. Stanciu, 21. Drăguş (14. Nedelcearu ‘45+3 min) – 19. Ţucudean (13. Keşeru, ’80th min). Coach: Cosmin Contra

Serbia: 12. Rajkovici – 2. Rukavina, 4. Milenkovici, 13. Veljkovici, 3. Rodici (21. Miletici 77th min) – 19. Lukici, 6. Maksimovici – 14. Gacinovici (20. Milinkovici-Savici 63rd min), 10. Tadici-captain., 18. Radonjici – 9. Mitrovici. Coach: Mladen Krstajić

Also on Sunday evening, in the same group, the match Lithuania vs. Montenegro will take place as of 21.45h.

Standings before this evening’s match: Serbia – 8 points; 2. Romania – 6; 3. Montenegro – 4; Lithuania – 0.

Coach Cosmin Contra: My players should be congratulated

“I want to congratulate my players. I believe we had an excellent first half, tactically speaking. The team had a goof position on the pitch. Their first opportunity was in the 41st minute. We wanted to play on counter-attack. Then the red card and the penalty came up. Gabi Tamas was very affected by the outcome, he only wanted to send the ball away. I don’t believe it was the case for red card. After the break, we’ve tried to pull together. I believe we would have had our chances if the match was played 11 vs. 11. The positive issue today is that my players knew they had how to run due to a man down,” Contra (photo) said for Pro TV private broadcaster.

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