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Romania - Spain
Euro Qualifying - 5 September 2019
Euro Qualifying – Follow the Football match between Romania and Spain live with Eurosport. The match starts at 19:45 on 5 September 2019. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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There goes the full-time whistle. Spain were made to work hard for their three points, but they keep up their 100 per cent record after five games now of qualifying.
Kepa made a vital save at the death, with Spain holding on after being reduced to 10 men with 11 minutes to go.
SAVE!! A great set-piece finds Hagi, but his attempt on goal is saved by Kepa. It then ricochets off Hermoso but no handball...
HUGE SAVE!! Kepa appears to have won this match for Spain! Romania are in disbelief - from point-blank range his left foot denies Puscas, whose header seemed destined to earn the hosts a point.
Right then. FOUR minutes added on.... Four minutes for Spain to hold on.
WIDE! Sarabia carries and carries the ball and eventually goes for goal, but he sends his effort wide in his bid to score on his debut.
- OffPaco AlcácerSpain
- OnMario HermosoSpain
Spain have a corner and for some reason Ramos comes up for it. And it comes to nothing.
Now defensive reinforcement. Alcacer off for Hermoso.
That's what happens when your own players crowd the wall! It's a Romanian who ends up blocking Hagi's effort - he can't quite believe it.
Spain have more than 11 minutes to hold on with 10 men... First they must deal with this free-kick. Hagi to take...
- Red cardDiego LlorenteSpain
Well, well, well.... Big call this... AND HE'S OFF!
A straight red for Llorente after Puscas is brought down while through on goal... but it's about a yard outside the area. Free-kick.
- OffDani CeballosSpain
- OnPablo SarabiaSpain
On comes Sarabia for Ceballos. All the subs disrupting the flow of this match, which Spain won't mind.
Still smiling. For now.
- OffCiprian DeacRomania
- OnAlexandru MaximRomania
Third and final sub for Romania!
- OnMikel OyarzabalSpain
Quiet game for Rodrigo in truth... Spain's first sub.
Spain have done well here to just regain control of the match.
Game, back, on!
- OffNicolae StanciuRomania
- OnIanis HagiRomania
Here comes Hagi!
The Romania fans have come alive! So much so that it appears one fan at least has got too excited - the cameras didn't show a supporter on the pitch but you could see a member of security sprinting across while it was focusing on Ramos and Andone.
- GoalFlorin AndoneRomania
What an impact. Andone, on loan at Galatasaray from Brighton, brings Romania back into this one when nodding in from a header back across goal. Few will have seen this coming.
First sub of the evening. Off goes Keseru - who despite scoring six in six, goes off... On comes Andone, now of Galatasaray.
CLOSE! Fabian almost finding the far corner with a terrific curler, but it sails just wide of the post.
Easy Street for Spain now. 2-0 up and they look well placed to maintain their perfect record in qualifying.
- GoalPaco AlcácerSpain
Loooovely goal. Beautiful defence-splitting pass from Ceballos, which finds Alba, who plays it over to Alcacer for a tap-in.
- 2nd Half
We are back under way in Bucharest. Spain 45 minutes from their first win in Romania.
Elsewhere - Norway and Sweden both leading in their Group F encounters, which is bad news for Romania.
- End of 1st Half
Spain lead thanks to Ramos' penalty - and no, it wasn't a Panenka.
Romania still in it thanks to their goalkeeper, Tatarusanu.
Back in 15!
Un minuto added on.
Spain have Romania where they want them. 1-0 up, no need to chase it - best passers in the business. This is their forte.
This is what I *think* the referee took offence to RE Ramos' celebration... any idea why? Was it aimed at the ref? Or the crowd?
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WHAT A SAVE! Copy and paste stuff this - it's another amazing save from Tatarusanu, arguably the best of the lot so far as he shows great reactions to deny Alcacer from point-blank range.
SAVE! Tatarusanu is the only reason Romania are still in this one, with the goalkeeper this time denying Rodrigo, who latched onto a cross with a first-time effort.
Ramos jeered every time he touches the ball now. Not exactly clear why, either the cameras didn't pick up all of his celebration, or else they didn't like the binoculars gesture he did when celebrating his goal. Is that... offensive?
- Yellow cardRazvan MarinRomania
Now a yellow for Marin too...
- Yellow cardSergio RamosSpain
That makes Ramos Spain's outright top scorer in this campaign so far with four goals.
He also gets a booking, not clear why, but something about the Spain captain's celebration it would seem.
- Goal by penaltySergio RamosSpain
GOAL! RAMOS FROM THE SPOT!
So cool from 18 yards out... Ramos watches the goalkeeper as he saunters up before sending him the wrong way.
Deac and Stanciu both catch Ceballos on the ankle to be fair...
Here comes Ramos.
Penalty to Spain! Ceballos is down... just as it looked as though he messed up Spain's attack, the referee points to the spot.
In a nutshell, the good old statistician MisterChip is telling you this is the first competitive match Spain have fielded an XI with players from 10 different clubs. Only Busquets and Alba are club team-mates.
Navas quite possibly Spain's best player so far. They've dominated possession, but Romania seem to have weathered that early storm.
Patient play, as ever, from Spain, but this time Busquets' little dinked ball over the top cannot find Rodrigo.
A break from defending for Romania as they go forward and win a free-kick 30 yards out. Stanciu goes for goal but he curls it over the bar.
ANOTHER SAVE! Tatarusanu stop No 4.
Navas whips a cross in and it finds his fellow full-back beyond the back post, and Alba's first-time effort draws a save from the right foot of the Romanian goalkeeper.
FINE SAVE! I'm already running out of words to put in front of save! Fine will do this time, as it's another quality stop from Tatarusanu who tips Ramos' header over after he pulled free following a corner.
Chiriches tries his luck from distance but his effort sails harmlessly over.
Some of Moreno's bolder calls will become a bit clearer as time goes on, eg. whether Kepa will be No 1 going forward. However, in facing Faroe Islands at home on Sunday, it could be a different XI entirely.
GREAT SAVE! This time it's a stunning pass from Jesus Navas which plays in Alcacer, and from a tight angle again he forces a fine low save Tatarusanu, who gets fingertips to it and nudges it wide.
The corner comes to nothing for Spain.
Worth noting a couple of Moreno's selections for Spain. There was a big debate regarding who would start in goal, and it's Kepa who gets the gloves ahead of De Gea.
Meanwhile, Llorente is fancied as Ramos' centre-back partner. Will also be worth monitoring their shape and whether Ceballos will push up in a more advanced role.
SAVE! Bright start from Spain as Alcacer is played through on goal, and from a tight angle he forces a decent save from Tatarusanu.
- 1st Half
And away we go.... but only after the referee delays the start due to the fans creating a few problems it would seem.
Can Spain maintain there unbeaten start to qualifiers in a country they've never won? Let's find out...
Ahead of kick-off there'll be a minute's silence following the death of Luis Enrique's daughter, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last week - and as ever a ripple of applause breaks out.
The teams are out. National anthem time and then we'll be good to go.
Both teams have scored 11 goals in their four group games so far, while Spain have conceded two to Romania’s five.
Romania’s Claudiu Keseru is currently the second-top goalscorer across the European Qualifiers with five goals, two behind Israel’s Eran Zahavi.
For Spain, defender Sergio Ramos is on three along with Alvaro Morata – the duo both scored from the spot in their most recent match, a 3-0 win over Sweden in June.
This will be the two nations’ first meeting in the group, with the reverse fixture coming on the final matchday back in Spain.
Including this one, four of Romania’s remaining six matches are at home. It’s a tall order tonight, but they’ll hope/need to make that advantage count – especially when hosting Norway and Sweden in the next two months.
A shoo-in for Spain? Far from it. They have not won in six visits to Romania (D3 L3). They’ve met 16 times overall, with both winning five apiece.
Their last meeting came in a friendly three years ago and was a… *sigh* …0-0 draw in Romania.
So then, Romania-Spain. Group F.
Spain lead the way with 12 points after four wins from four. Romania are five points behind and seemingly locked in a battle for second with Sweden (also seven points) and Norway, who are currently two points behind.
Looks like the Spanish enjoyed their training session last night...
A reminder, this will be Robert Moreno’s first game in charge of Spain, but on Tuesday he said he would gladly step aside if Luis Enrique wished to return to the post.
Enrique gave up the role to spend time with his daughter, who died last week of cancer.
Spain XI: Arrizabalaga, Jesus Navas, Llorente, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Fabian, Busquets, Saul, Rodrigo, Alcacer, Ceballos
Subs: De Gea, Nunez, Hermoso, Parejo, Gaya, Pau Lopez, Thiago, Carvajal, Oyarzabal, Suso, Sarabia, Rodri
Romania XI: Tatarusanu, Benzar, Nedelcearu, Chiriches, Grigore, Tosca, Deac, Marin, Stanciu, Puscas, Keseru
Subs: Maxim, Stefan, Anton, Bordeianu, Rus, Adrian Paun, Chipciu, Andone, Andrei Radu, Hagi, Nita, Grozav
Evening all. Despite the season only recently starting, domestic football takes a sidestep as the international break comes to the fore.
The Euro 2020 qualifiers resume tonight, and here we’re concerned with all things Romania v Spain. Kick-off at 7.45pm.