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Piturca wants error-free performance

16 November 2013 17:43

Romania coach Victor Piturca admits his side will need to eliminate careless errors if they are to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The 29th-ranked side fell to a 3-1 defeat in Greece in the first leg of their play-off on Friday, conceding two goals from Konstantinos Mitroglou and a Dimitris Salpingidis strike.

The visitors could only muster a solitary Bogdan Stancu effort, leaving them with a mountain to climb in the return leg in Bucharest on Tuesday, and Piturca knows Romania need to be better defensively.

''I expected a difficult night and that's what it was,'' he said. ''They took the lead so quickly after the equaliser.

"And I don't want to talk about the third goal. It looked like something that happens in a school playground.''

Romania are aiming to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998, when they reached the second round.

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1 - 1

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
19 November 2013
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
Arena Naţională (Bucureşti)
Attendance
49793

Goals

0 - 1
23' K. Mitroglou
 (assist by V. Torosidis)
V. Torosidis (OG) 55'  
1 - 1

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