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Romania 2:1 Georgia
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Written by Teimuraz   
Thursday, 20 November 2008 10:24

Georgian National Team lost the friendly game in Bucharest despite an early lead and a well-organized performance.

The last match of this year for both teams has started with a minute of silence for the 12 people who died in a mining accident in the Jiu Valley on Saturday. The romanian team differed from the one the world has seen at the European Championship earlier this year with some key players missing the match. This could be an explanation for the misunderstanding between Romanian central defenders which Otar Martsvaladze was able to capitilize in the 12. minute. With this early lead Georgia chose a defensive tactic, seeking luck in some rare counter-attacks. Even though Romania controlled the match until the half time, their efforts were not a big threat for the goal of Giorgi Lomaia.

Georgian players seemed to have recovered some stamina during the break, when the team started the second half with a couple of nice attacks. One of them should have led to the 2-0 when Rati Alexidze found himself one on one with the romanian goalkeeper - instead of shooting he turned around though, tried finding a team mate with a pass and the chance was gone. After this short shock the Romanian team woke up and took back the control of the game. Georgian defence, quite solid until then, showed once again its weakest side - the defence of high balls. First it was Ciprian Marica who headed the ball in from short distance in the '60, overseen by everyone else around him. Another cross from the right side led to the 2-1 only 8 minutes later. Ilia Kandelaki tried to clear the ball, but his unlucky effort turned out as a perfect assist for Dorin Goian who pushed the ball over the line from two meters distance. All subsequent Georgian efforts to equalize were in vain and the hosts were able to celebrate the victory after the final whistle.

Levan Kobiashvili has led the Georgian team on the pitch as captain and was arguably the best player of the evening. He seemed to enjoy his role as the playmaker to the fullest and was the initiator of most Georgian attacks, reliable both in defence and offence. It can also be said that the team has significantly improved in terms of tactics and discipline under Hector Raul Cuper, even though the results have been hardly satisfactory so far. The team has shown that it does not lack determination and the will to win in recent games. Some of the 'old' problems still remain though, would it be the game in the air, lack of determination in front of the goal or inferiority in terms of stamina to basically any oponent. Let us all once again hope that the upcoming year will be a good one. The national team has some promising youngsters and a coach who is obviously heard by his players. Together we are able to surprise any rival and put our name back on the european football map.

Romania 2:1 Georgia
Martsvaladze ('12), Marica ('62), Goian ('70)

Romania: Lobonţ ('46 Pantilimon) - Ogararu ('25 Panin), Tamaş ('46 Tanase), Rădoi, Raţ - Lazăr, Tameş - Nicoliţă ('60 G.Bucur), Cociş ('46 Ropotan), Fl. Costea - Marica.
Coach: Victor Piţurcă.

Georgia: Lomaia - Ghvinianidze ('46 Shashiashvili), Kvakhadze, Kandelaki, Salukvadze - Daushvili, Razmadze, Kobiashvili ('69 Khmaladze), Martsvaladze ('61 Odikadze) - Alexidze ('57 Mchedlidze), Gotsiridze ('75 Merebashvili).
Coach: Hector Raul Cuper.

Booked: Razmadze, Odikadze, Mchedlidze - Raţ

Dinamo Stadium, Bucharest, att: 3000

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