Euro 2016 >

Romania 1 - 1 Finland : Romania strike at the death to remain on course to qualify for Euro 2016

Thursday, October 08, 2015 Source: PA

Ovidiu Hoban's injury-time goal ensured Romania's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 remained in their own hands after a 1-1 draw against Finland in Bucharest.

The 32-year-old poked home the rebound in the first minute of added-on time to cancel out Joel Pohjanpalo's goal midway through the second half, which had looked set to give the visitors the spoils.

With Hungary beating the Faroe Islands, Anghel Iordanescu's men are just a point ahead of their Group F rivals and need to beat the Faroes in their final fixture to make sure of sealing a qualification spot, with Northern Ireland booking their place in France on Thursday night.

The hosts, who had drawn their three previous fixtures 0-0, started well and appeared set to end their goal drought, with Bogdan Stancu forcing a fine save from Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky in the early going.

Dragos Grigore headed just wide and Claudiu Keseru wasted three gilt-edged chances in a first half dominated by Romania, while at the other end Pohjanpalo was denied by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

The Romanian custodian had to be alert on the resumption to keep out Teemu Pukki's header, and it nearly proved a crucial save when Gabriel Torje struck a post as the game started to open up.

It was Finland who took the lead in the 67th minute through Pohjanpalo's close range strike, with Romania's hopes of qualifying for the European Championship apparently receding.

But Hoban slotted home on the rebound after Florin Andone's initial shot was kept out by Hradecky as the spoils were shared.

  • Standings
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
  • Top Scorers
Ranking Player Country GS (PEN)
Top 3 Teams of the Past EUROs
  • Year
  • Winners
  • Runner-up