Romania vs. Trinidad and Tobago  4 - 0

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International Friendlies Wrap: Romania cruise, Bulgaria extend unbeaten streak

5 June 2013 00:11

Ciprian Marica bagged a hat-trick as Romania thumped Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 in Tuesday's friendly action.

The result was the perfect response for Romania, who suffered a 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to the Netherlands in their last match, in March.

Marica ran his opponents ragged with a terrific display, which saw him saw score twice before half-time.
The 27-year-old – who plays his club football with Schalke – netted after 31 and 33 minutes before a Daneil Cyrus own goal just after the break sealed the result.

There was still time for Marica to notch his third goal though, with his effort nine minutes from time giving Victor Piturca's side a resounding win.

Bulgaria were also victorious, as they won 2-1 in Kazakhstan to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Georgi Iliev opened the scoring in the 55th minute and Ivan Ivanov doubled Bulgaria's lead just five minutes later.

Kazakh substitute Dmitriy Shomko pulled a goal back for the losers, but his 89th-minute effort was not enough to prevent a defeat.

Ahmed Hegazi bagged a first-half equaliser for Egypt in a 1-1 draw against Botswana in Cairo while goals from Artur Sobiech and Maciej Rybus helped Poland to a 2-0 success against Liechtenstein.

Other friendlies on Tuesday saw Tajikistan defeat Afghanistan 3-2 and the Philippines win 1-0 in Hong Kong, while Singapore also won on the road, notching a 2-0 success in Myanmar.

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Rat inspired by West Ham move

4 June 2013 10:12

Razvan Rat feels re-energised after agreeing to join West Ham from Shakhtar Donetsk, where he has been for the past 10 years.

The 32-year-old defender, who is expected to captain Romania in their friendly international with Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, will join the Hammers officially on July 1.

"For me it is a challenge and new motivation," he told Shakhtar's official website. "For the new team (West Ham), I will try to prove to them that I am coming from a team that played in the Champions League and that I have a high level of skill.

"I also have to meet the expectations of my new club, where they are sure I will spend three years. I will demonstrate to them precisely the level I've shown here."

Rat has lifted seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the UEFA Cup in 2009. The defender has featured in exactly 300 games for Shakhtar including 57 UEFA Champions League appearances.

Joking about plans for Joe Cole's number 26 shirt, he told Shakhtar's official website: "I will try to move him and get his number 26."

He will join up with his new West Ham team-mates when they return for pre-season training in July.