Romania 1, Colombia 0
LYON, France (AP) _ Adrian Ilie’s 15-yard chipshot in injury time at the end of the first half gave Romania a 1-0 victory over Colombia today.
Ilie outmaneuvered defender Maurizio Serna and launched the ball over advancing goalkeeper Farid Mondragon.
Colombia nearly tied the game in the 85th minute when a 30-yard shot by substitute Adolfo Valencia, nicknamed ``The Train,″ forced Romanian goalkeeper Bogdan Stelea to make a diving save to his right.
The Romanian squad, still built around the core of veterans that played at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, set the pace for much of the match. In contrast, Colombia struggled to maintain possession despite occasional flashes of technical excellence.
Colombia started briskly, eager to avenge its 3-1 defeat by Romania at the last World Cup. But its passing was ragged and easily intercepted by the Romanians, who quickly established midfield dominance.
Ilie had the first scoring chance on a fast break in the 11th minute, when he beat three defenders in the box and crossed the ball to unmarked Viorel Moldovan, who failed to connect from 7 meters.
Five minutes later, Colombian goalkeeper Farid Mondragon stretched to his right to stop a rasping shot from Dorinel Munteanu from the edge of the box, then knocked away the rebound hit by Ilie.
In the 40th minute, Moldovan intercepted a ricochet in the Colombian box, but his header from 6 meters just missed the right post.