Soccer -- and Cyprus managed to hold Rumania to an unexpected one-all draw in their European Championship group three qualifying match in Limassol on sunday (13 May).
GV First half of soccer match between Rumania (playing in light uniform from left to right) and cyprus (dark uniform); game in progress and Rumania attacking and ball kicked out of play
GV Cyprus attacking and Rumanian defence saving ball and moving play into midfield
GV Crowd of spectators
GV Rumania scoring first goal, through No. 10 Ankustia, and players congratulating him
GV Cyprus kicking off after goal and play in midfield
GV Cyprus scoring through No. 9 Kayafas, and players congratulating him
GV Crowd cheering
GV Cyprus attacking and shooting for goal but shot blocked by Rumanian defence
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Background: Soccer -- and Cyprus managed to hold Rumania to an unexpected one-all draw in their European Championship group three qualifying match in Limassol on sunday (13 May).
SYNOPSIS: The game was of particular importance to the Rumanians, from left to right, The result leaves them three points behind the group three leaders, Spain, with only two matches left to play. In the first half Rumania ???de several good attacking moves but the Cypriot defence managed to deflect the dangerous shots away from the goal.
Rumania at last broke through the Cypriot defence and in the thirtieth minute, Ankustia, wearing number ten, put the visiting team one up.
Seconds later, Cyprus began an attacking movement which led to an equalising goal in the thirty-first minute by Kayafas, wearing number nine. Although this was the last scoring action of the match, both teams continued to battle hard, creating numerous chances in the second half. Rumanian captain Stefanscu was the only player booked -- charged with deliberately holding a Cypriot player's shirt when Cyprus had come near to a chance of scoring.
The final stages of the European championship are not until next year. The winners of group three,which includes Yugoslavia, will join six other qualifiers from the other groups, together with the championship hosts Italy, for the final rounds.