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Romania catch the eye on night of friendlies

Wednesday 14 November 2012 23.15 CET
Gabriel Torje scores Romania's winner from the penalty spot

Aside from Sweden's victory against England and France's win in Italy, Romania recorded one of the most eye-catching results in Wednesday's busy programme of international friendlies.

Facing a Belgium side top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group A with ten points from their first four fixtures, Romania prevailed 2-1 despite going behind to Christian Benteke's opener midway through the first half. Alexandru Maxim levelled the scores just after the half hour and Gabriel Torje secured the victory in the second half.

Meanwhile, Portugal, without the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo, were held 2-2 by Gabon. Scotland, under the temporary charge of Billy Stark following last week's departure of manager Craig Levein, won 2-1 in Luxembourg to register their first victory in five attempts. There were also notable wins for Greece, Norway, Spain and the Former Yugolsav Republic of Macedonia, while Turkey drew 1-1 with Denmark and Austria lost against the Ivory Coast.

Friendly results
Albania 0-0 Cameroon
Algeria 0-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Andorra 0-2 Iceland
Armenia 4-2 Lithuania
Austria 0-3 Ivory Coast
Bulgaria 0-1 Ukraine
Chile 1-3 Serbia
Cyprus 0-3 Finland
Czech Republic 3-0 Slovakia
FYROM 3-2 Slovenia
Gabon 2-2 Portugal
Georgia 0-0 Egypt
Hungary 0-2 Norway
Israel 1-2 Belarus
Italy 1-2 France
Liechtenstein 0-1 Malta
Luxembourg 1-2 Scotland
Netherlands 0-0 Germany
Panama 1-5 Spain
Poland 1-3 Uruguay
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece
Romania 2-1 Belgium
Russia 2-2 United States
Sweden 4-2 England
Tunisia 1-2 Switzerland
Turkey 1-1 Denmark
United Arab Emirates 2-1 Estonia

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