Earlier this morning, Moldova beat Romania 1 – 0 on penalty kicks to finish fifth at 5-a-side football’s 2014 IBSA Euro Challenge Cup. The game ended 0 – 0 at the end of regulation time. Tarita Ion scored the lone goal during the penalty shootout. Each team had three shots on goal. Romania shot first, with Mihai Nistor, Jonut taking penalty shots for the team. Romarenko, Tarita Ion, Paun took penalty shots for Moldova.
The Romanian starters included Harlet, Mihai Nistor, Jonut, Kovacs, Calopa, and Tiberiu Paun. Stoian was in goal for the Romanians. Starting for Moldova were Romanenko, Tarita Ion, Crivolapov, Popov, Vehtcmin and Jagudin with Nistorova Lozovankovi in goal.
Moldova had the first scoring opportunity at five minutes in Crivolapov had a shot on goal. Seven minutes into the game, and the Romanians had two total fouls. Neither team had managed a serious shot on goal nine minutes in. At fifteen minutes, Kovacs got a yellow card after fouling Vehtcmina. Nineteen minutes into the game with no serious goal scoring opportunity, Romania took a time out. They continued to try to keep up pressure in the game with Paunova taking a shot, but were unable to score. Harlet also had chances to score at the 17th and 23rd minutes for Romania.
Five minutes into the second half and Moldova had their first goal scoring opportunity but Romanian goalkeeper Stoian was able to easily handle it. Paun had his best opportunity to score for Romania eleven minutes into the second half but the ball bounced off the goalpost. Moldovan keeper Lozovankovi was easily able to handle shots aimed his way. Sixteen minutes into the second half, Vehtcmin was injured and had to be subbed out. The remainder of the game was evenly balanced with both teams being able to get shots, but unable to get the ball in the net.
Moldova found themselves in the fifth/sixth place final after losing to Belgium 2 – 1, and losing to the Czech Republic 1 – 0 in group play. Romania tied Hungary 2 – 2 in their first game in group play. Tiberiu Paun scored both goals for his team in that game.
The 2014 IBSA Euro Challenge Cup was created as an opportunity for new and developing European teams to gain valuable international experience, and to assist with the development of the game in those countries.