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Romania v Spain - as it happened

Pin Romania v Spain, Euro 2020 qualifier, Group F, 05/09/2019, matchday 5 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER
Romania v Spain, Euro 2020 qualifier, Group F, 05/09/2019, matchday 5 - Official line-ups. BESOCCER

Romania v Spain - as it happened

Paul Singh by Paul Singh @besoccer_com - 0 2,772

Join us for live coverage of the Euro 2020 qualifier between Romania and Spain from the Arena Nationala in Bucharest. Spain sit top of Group F with a 100% record while Romania are also in with a good chance of qualifying for Euro 2020.

LIVE
95'
FT: Romania 1-2 (10) Spain!!! What a thrilling finale!! Romania had two brilliant chances to level after Llorente's inexplicable red card but Kepa saved Spain right at the end. It looked to be plain sailing for Spain after Alcacer had made it 0-2 after HT, but Andone's goal and the red card made it very exciting. Thanks for your company and see you again soon!
95'
An extra 30 seconds is played by Aytekin before he calls time on this one! Spain hold on with 10 men.
94'
Free kick to Romania, it's launched in and Spain get the ball. There could be a bit extra for the timewasting.
93'
Spain win a free-kick in Romania's half.
93'
Kepa is booked for timewasting.
93'
Unbelievable how that wasn't 2-2
92'
Kepa!!!!!!!!!!!! Hagi puts in a cross, Puscas heads and it's a brilliant save by Kepa with his leg and then it's fired over on the rebound.
91'
Romania get a free-kick, it is played by Hagi straight to Puscas and Kepa saves for a corner!
91'
Four extra minutes!
90'
Romania could have had a chance, but Navas cleared for a throw-in. The home side are throwing everyone forward now.
89'
Corners: 4-12.
88'
Jordi Alba wins a corner for Spain on the far side. 68% possession for Spain.
87'
Sarabia fires over the crossbar! Time running out for Romania.
86'
Corner for Spain now.
85'
Spain sub: Hermoso on for Alcacer.
83'
I think Spain will still win, but not having VAR is really inexplicable.
81'
Hagi's free-kick hit the wall, but that was a howler by Aytekin. Never ever a red card.
80'
It looked like he'd given a penalty at first, but it was outside and he's given a free-kick. It was never a foul though and Llorente clearly won the ball. Wasn't even close to being a foul.
79'
Free kick to Romania and red card to Llorente! Spain are fuming!!
77'
Spain sub: Ceballos leaves the park and Pablo Sarabia is on for his debut.
76'
Terrible challenge by Saul on Benzar and he's deservedly booked.
73'
Spain are still clearly the better team, but that goal has given the hosts hope.
72'
Romania sub: Maxim on for Deac and Contra has used up all of his changes.
72'
Spain sub: Oyarzabal comes on for Rodrigo.
71'
Alcacer hits well wide after his initial shot was blocked.
69'
The corner is initially cleared, but then the ball breaks to Busquets from just outside the box and his shot is easily saved.
68'
Chiriches concedes a corner.
67'
Ceballos is brought down and wants a yellow for the Romanian. No card is given though.
66'
Rodrigo is penalised for a foul inside Romania's area as he slid in to win the ball. Chiriches was fouled.
65'
Romania get a corner and Puskas heads wide!
64'
That goal was a wake up call for Spain. It looked like they were sailing to victory.
63'
Puskas' ball in now is headed away. A minute back, Ceballos wanted a penalty, but nothing was given.
60'
During the celebrations, a couple of Romania fans ran to towards Ramos and Andone put himself in front of the Spain man. Totally unnecessary.
59'
Romania score out of nothing!!! It's Florin Andone!! Game on here. Benzar's cross in is headed back across goal by Puskas and Andone heads in from six yards. It's 1-2 with Romania's first shot on target.
58'
Spain have having loads of possession, but don't seem desperate for a third.
55'
Romania make their first change. Andone replaces Keseru.
54'
Fabian hits wide of the goalie's right hand post after he beat Stanciu.
50'
Spain are in complete control and that second goal has calmed any early nerves. There's a massive gulf in class between the two teams.
47'
Paco Alcacer doubles the lead! Spain pass the ball around before Ceballos from outside the box finds Alba and he squares it for Alcacer to tap in. Going to be very difficult for Romania now.
46'
Welcome back!!! Romania get us going again! No changes.
45'
HT: Romania 0-1 Spain!!! Half-time in Romania! Busquets goes straight over to Aytekin to complain about the elbow and Ramos also complains about the card he received. Aytekin is causing unnecessary problems for himself here. Spain have been absolutely dominant and lead thanks to Ramos' penalty and should be more in front, but Tatarusanu has prevented them pulling clear. Stay with us for the rest of this one!
45'
Nothing comes of the corner.
45'
One extra minute as Busquets and Puscas exchange words.
45'
Spain win a corner.
44'
Busquets is elbowed in the mouth by Puscas and he draws blood! It was a clear booking, possibly even a red, but Aytekin gives nothing.
40'
Spain are playing Romania off the park here. If it weren't for the goalie, it would be 4 or 5.
37'
And again!!! Alcacer is denied from point blank range by the goalie!! Rodrigo's cross finds Alcacer and it seemed a certain goal. A spectacular save.
35'
Another grear save by the Romania keeper! Rodrigo is denied this time! Saul started the move.
32'
Ramos is getting booed constantly now. He made a glasses gesture in the celebration, but it looked to be aimed towards the camera, not the crowd.
30'
Marin is carded for a foul on Ceballos. The home crowd aren't happy as they feel he's favouring Spain. He gave Barca 2 dodgy pens v PSG remember.
28'
Ramos is booked by Aytekin for his celebration. The glasses gesture has seen him booked. Never a booking.
28'
Ramos to take here, he steps up and sends him the wrong way!!! 0-1!!! He keeps his cool, stutters in his run up and puts it to Tatarasanu's left.
27'
Penalty to Spain!!! Ceballos is stepped on by Deac and even though Ceballos doesn't fall, it's a pen. It's a pen that many times isn't given because the player didn't fall.
25'
Spain on top, but they haven't had any dangerous chances in the last five minutes.
24'
Busquets tries to find Rodrigo again. This time, his pass is perfectly weighted, but Rodrigo slips. Maybe third time lucky.
20'
Aytekin takes a tumble!
19'
Spain attack again, but Busquets' pass for Rodrigo is slightly overhit.
17'
Stanciu goes for a goal... and it misses the target! Got too much on that one.
16'
Romania win a free-kick after Llorente puts his arms around Puskas. There was no need to do that as the Romanian had his back to go. 25 yards away this one.
13'
Another brilliant stop!! Navas goes down this near flank with ease, he crosses for Alba at the back post and his volley is stopped by the Lyon GK! He's on fire tonight! That's 4 or 5 saves he's made now.
12'
Navas is caught offside.
11'
Great save!!! Fabian's ball in reaches Ramos at the far post and his header is tipped over by the goalie.
11'
Navas wins a corner for the away side.
10'
Chiriches hits an ambitious effort from 30 yards which flies miles over the bar.
9'
Ceballos' ball in is blocked by a defender just inside the box.
7'
The corner all long the around was very poor.
6'
Tatarusanu!! Alcacer is played in beautifully by Fabian and his shot across the keeper is deflected wide by the Romanian's fingertips.
4'
Brilliant run by Puskas down the far side, he beats Ramos before crossing into the box where Llorente is to clear the danger.
3'
Spain have started well here.
2'
More firecrackers are clearly audible while we are playing.
1'
Alcacer!!!! Romania lose the ball deep in their own half and Navas passes for Alcacer whose shot is easily saved.
1'
Spain get us going in the red from left to right!
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A flare has been thrown onto the pitch so we'll have a slight delay.
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A minute's applause for Luis Enrique's daughter and we are ready to start!
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Chiriches and Ramos shake hands in the middle with Aytekin!
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The teams make their way out here in the Romanian capital!
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Both teams have scored 11 goals in their opening four matches. Romania have conceded 5 goals, Spain just 2. Looks like we could see some goals then!
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Not long till kick off here now. The teams will be coming out soon.
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Spain are top of Group F with 12pts from 12 while Romania are in 3rd with 7. Sweden in 2nd also have 7. Only the top 2 qualify for the Euros, but we aren't even at the halfway stage yet.
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This is the first match for Spain since the death of Luis Enrique's daughter. As a result, Robert Moreno is now officially the new coach rather than just the caretaker.
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It's 21 degrees in Romania this evening and remember Spain have not won in any of their previous six visits to the country.
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The referee for this fixture is Deniz Aytekin of Germany. A reminder that there's NO VAR in this fixture. Considering the Spanish and German 2nd tiers use the technology on a weekly basis, it is rather surprising, but anyway.
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For Spain, Dani Carvajal is only on the bench while Valencia's Rodrigo and Napoli's Fabian Ruiz make the starting XI. The latter played excellently in Italy last season as well as in the Euro U21s earlier this summer.
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English fans may have heard of Romania's main man upfront tonight. George Puscas plays for Reading and a couple of weeks ago, he scored twice in the 3-0 win over Cardiff City. It was a televised Sunday lunchtime clash and one of them was a brilliant solo effort.
Prev.
Spain XI: Kepa (GK); Alba, Llorente, Ramos, Navas; Fabian Ruiz, Busquets, Saul; Ceballos, Alcacer and Rodrigo.
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The teams are in! Romania XI: Tatarusanu (GK); Tosca, Nedelcearu, Chiriches, Grigore, Benzar; Keseru, Marin, Stanciu, Deac; Puscas
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Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Euro 2020 qualifier between Romania and Spain from Bucharest. It should be a good contest!
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