Germany v Romania, 12 June 2000

Score1-1
RefereeKim Milton Nielsen
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueStade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège
Attendance28,500
Kick Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: Jens Larsen (Denmark) Roland Van Nylen (Belgium) Fourth official: Gilles Veissière (France) Man of the Match: Mehmet Scholl (Germany) Holders Germany kicked off their UEFA European Championship defence in unconvincing style, forced to come from behind to earn a draw in a game offering a memorable contrast in styles. Romania's bright start was rewarded on five minutes when they capitalised on a slip by Thomas Linke's failure to cut out a long ball. Adrian Ilie pounced, feeding Viorel Moldovan with a cute pass across the box that was dutifully turned in. Mehmet Scholl's stunning strike levelled matters before the half-hour, but while Germany came closest to a winner when Oliver Bierhoff struck the post, Romania could also have taken the Group A spoils. Germany went into a game deafened by talk of their being a declining force, and their bid to silence their detractors could not have got off to a worse start. Yet there was scant opportunity to come to terms with Moldovan's goal – there was more defending to do. Gheorghe Hagi was at the heart of it, shaking off a groin problem to provide his unique experience and cunning. The playmaker's sorcery was at the heart of two openings for Moldovan, both directed over, but after a knock his influence waned and the pattern of the game changed. Germany began to retain possession and get men forward. Bierhoff forced a fine reflex save from Bogdan Stelea but the keeper was taken by complete surprise four minutes later when Scholl ended a bout of patient passing with a fine swerving shot. Erich Ribbeck replaced Linke at half-time with Marko Rehmer, and the newcomer was still trying to judge the pace of the game when he hesitated over a long ball and allowed Moldovan a clear sight of goal; Oliver Kahn turned his shot wide. Bierhoff then sent a header against a post before Germany had a remarkable double let-off. Under pressure from Ilie, Kahn failed to gather a lofted ball but first with his left foot, then his right, Moldovan failed to make it count.

1  Germany

Manager: Erich Ribbeck

1  Romania

Manager: Emerich Jenei

Goals:

Mehmet Scholl 27 G

Goals:

Viorel Moldovan 5 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
Defender Markus Babbel
Defender Thomas Linke
Defender Jens Nowotny
Midfielder Thomas Hässler
Midfielder Jens Jeremies
Midfielder Lothar Matthäus
Midfielder Mehmet Scholl
Midfielder Christian Ziege
Forward Oliver Bierhoff (captain)
Forward Paulo Rink

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bogdan Stelea
Defender Cristian Chivu
Defender Liviu Ciobotariu
Defender Iulian Filipescu
Defender Dan Petrescu
Defender Gheorghe Popescu
Midfielder Constantin Gâlcă
Midfielder Gheorghe Hagi (captain)
Midfielder Dorinel Munteanu
Forward Adrian Ilie
Forward Viorel Moldovan

Substitutions:

Marko Rehmer for Thomas Linke 46
Dietmar Hamann for Thomas Hässler 72
Sebastian Deisler for Lothar Matthäus 76

Substitutions:

Cosmin Contra for Dan Petrescu 68
Adrian Mutu for Gheorghe Hagi 73
Ionut Lupescu for Viorel Moldovan 84

Cards:

Cards:

Adrian Ilie 49 Y
Gheorghe Hagi 49 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Defender Marko Rehmer
Midfielder Michael Ballack
Midfielder Sebastian Deisler
Midfielder Dietmar Hamann
Midfielder Carsten Ramelow
Midfielder Dariusz Wosz
Forward Marco Bode
Forward Carsten Jancker
Forward Ulf Kirsten

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Bogdan Lobonț
Goalkeeper Florin Prunea
Defender Cosmin Contra
Defender Erik Lincar
Midfielder Cătălin Hîldan
Midfielder Ionut Lupescu
Midfielder Florentin Petre
Midfielder Laurenţiu Roşu
Forward Ioan Ganea
Forward Adrian Mutu