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Russia destroyed by Romania in Euro-2008 friendly

Russian football team has hit the ground with a bang on Wednesday, after going down 3-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. Coach Guus Hiddink has chosen a new look squad for the game, but the matter of the defeat will have the Dutchman worried, just a few months before the start of the Euro-2008.

The hosts taking the lead right on the stroke of half-time. Chiprian Marica finding himself surrounded by Russian players, but the Stuttgart striker took little notice, firing home with aplomb.

And the visitors woes were doubled on the hour mark. The Russian defence allowing Florentine Petra's initial miss-kick to fall to Daniel Niculae, who made no mistake.

And the score line got worse for Russian eyes with 15 minutes left to go.

The CSKA Moscow trio of Berezutsky brothers and Ignashevich having an uncharacteristic off day at the back. Marius Niculae this time finding himself all alone and scores the third.

A night to forget all round for Russia, but with five first team players out of the starting eleven, the hope is things cant get any worse.

Russia Today, March 27, 2008

Match Information
Stadium: Lia Manoilu
Attendance: 10,000
Asaf Kenan (Israel)
Ciprian Marica (44)  
Daniel George Niculae (60)  
Marius Constantin Niculae (75)  
Romania Russia
12 Marius Popa 1 Igor Akinfeev
5 Cristian Chivu 4 Sergei Ignashevich
2 Cosmin Contra 27 Alexei Berezutsky
3 Razvan Dinca Rat 2 Vasili Berezutsky
4 Gabriel Sebastian Tamas 22 Aleksandr Aniukov
15 Dorin Goian 20 Igor Semshov
6 Mirel Matei Radoi 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
7 Florentin Petre 23 Vladimir Bystrov
11 Razvan Cocis 18 Yuri Zhirkov
10 Adrian Mutu 14 Roman Shirokov
9 Ciprian Marica 8 Roman Adamov
1 Razvan Stanca Viacheslav Malafeev 16
16 George Ogararu Vladimir Gabulov 12
19 Laszlo Sepsi Denis Kolodin 25
17 Marian Aliuta Dmitri Torbinsky 7
8 Ovidiu Petre Dmitri Sychev 26
20 Nicolae Marius Dica Roman Pavluchenko 19
14 Banel Nicolita Pavel Pogrebniak 13
18 Marius Constantin Niculae  
21 Daniel George Niculae  
Ovidiu Petre for Gabriel Sebastian Tamas (35)
Roman Pavluchenko for Roman Adamov (59)
Daniel George Niculae for Ciprian Marica (46)
Dmitri Torbinsky for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (61)
Marius Constantin Niculae for Cristian Chivu (46)
Dmitri Sychev for Vasili Berezutsky (65)
Nicolae Marius Dica for Adrian Mutu (46)
Banel Nicolita for Florentin Petre (62)
George Ogararu for Cosmin Contra (70)
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