Romania's U-21 lineup has wasted the chance to go
through to the quarterfinals of the European U-21 Football Championship. Romania
succeeded a lackluster blank draw in Group A's last scheduled fixture in
Budapest. According to the final rankings, Romania came in 3rd, with
a similar number of points as the Netherlands, the winner of the group, and
Germany, Group A's runner-up team. Goal average made the difference in the
In this past Sunday's match against Germany, the guest
team had the upper hand, especially as regards conditioning and stamina. Notwithstanding,
head-coach Adrian Mutu's trainees early into the game created a couple of good
scoring opportunities, especially when the ball shot by Alexandru Matan hit the
crossbar. In the second half, Germany was granted a penalty kick on account of the
hand ball rule broken by Razvan Oaida. However, Germany's Lukas Nmecha failed to
score as the ball hit one of the posts. The team of Germany was also in control
of the final part of the match while in minute 90 they were a whisker away from
scoring since the ball shot by Amos Pieper touched the posts. We recall that
two years ago at the European U-21 Championship, jointly hosted by Italy and
San Marino, Romania sustained a 2-4 defeat in the semifinals, also by Germany.
All things considered, Romanian youth team's roundup
at the European Championship held in Hungary and Slovenia was a positive one. Romania
succeeded a 1-all draw against the Netherlands and a blank draw against
Germany. Added to that is the 2-1 win against host country team Hungary.
Romania has thus earned its place among Europe's top-notch squads. The final tournament
of the European U-21 Championship is scheduled over May 31st and
June 6, also in Slovenia and Hungary.