Soccer: Romania loses 3-4 to Ukraine, coach Iordanescu disappointed

Soccer: Romania loses 3-4 to Ukraine, coach Iordanescu disappointed

Romania lost 3-4 (1-1) to Ukraine a friendly match on Sunday night, in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship.

The tricolours lost on the Olympic Stadium of Torino after a decent first half, followed by three goals scored by Ukraine early in the second half.

Romania: 12. Ciprian Tatarusanu (goalkeeper) — 2. Alexandru Matel, 6. Vlad Chiriches (captain), 21. Dragos Grigore, 16. Steliano Filip (3. Razvan Rat, 46′) (defenders) — 18. Andrei Prepelita (5. Ovidiu Hoban, 60′), 8. Mihai Pintilii — 11. Gabriel Torje (20. Adrian Popa, 70′), 17. Lucian Sanmartean (10. Alexandru Maxim, 58′), 19. Bogdan Stancu (14. Nicolae Stanciu, 79′) (midfielders) — 13. Claudiu Keseru (9. Denis Alibec, 58′) (forwards). Coach: Anghel Iordanescu.

Ukraine: 12. Andriy Pyatov (goalkeeper) — 17. Artem Fedetskiy (29. Bohdan Butko, 46′), 3. Yevhen Khacheridi (5. Oleksandr Kucher , 46), 20. Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 13. Vyacheslav Shevchuk (captain; 27. Oleksandr Karavaev, 72′) — 6. Taras Stepanenko, 16. Sergey Sidorchuk (14. Ruslan Rotan, 68′) (defenders) — 10. Yevhen Konoplyanka, 18. Serhiy Rybalka (28. Oleksandr Zinchenko, 46′), 7. Andriy Yarmolenko (midfielders) — 8. Roman Zozulya (11. Yevhen Seleznyov, 46′). Coach: Mykhaylo Fomenko.
Romania: Torje (23′), Alibec (75′), Stanciu (85′)
Ukraine: Zozulya (44), Zinchenko (49′), Konoplyanka (55), Yarmolenko (59′)

“It was a very good first half, with us mostly controlling the game and scoring. Perhaps without that mistake at the end of the first half, when the score equalized… But all the other goals against us occurred on unacceptable individual faults. The second half actually got out of our control, at least the first part of it — one with many individual errors and three goals against us as presents to our opponents, which psychologically demolished us. In the end we managed two more goals, but it wasn’t enough. We must learn from these mistakes. They are unacceptable for players of great experience. They entered the second half relaxed, thinking they own the game,” Iordanescu told Digi Sport TV after the match. More…