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28.06.2003 at 19:00 Tolka Park Attendance:
Ireland 2 - 2 Romania
Referee: Tatjana Pavlovic (SRB European Qualifier-match

Elaine O Connor (45)
Ciara Mary Grant (97)
Pufulete 12, 76
Opening squads
Emma Byrne
Sharon Boyle
Dolores Deasley
Yvonne Tracy
Ciara Mary Grant
Ronnie Gibbons
Elaine O Connor
Stefanie Curtis
Sonya Hughes
Claire Scanlon
Caroline Thorpe
Jennifer Kett
Sylvia Gee
Michelle Walsh
Denise Thomas
Laura Hislop
Michelle Walsh -> Dolores Deasley
Laura Hislop -> Caroline Thorpe
Jennifer Kett -> Claire Scanlon
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
Emma Byrne
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
A Ciara Grant goal seven minutes into added time earned the Republic of Ireland a 2-2 draw at home to Romania in the UEFA European Women's Championship.

Narrow advantage
The result kept Noel King's side top of Group 5 with five points from their three matches so far, one point ahead of Croatia. The match was Romania's first of the qualifying campaign.

Unexpected lead
Ireland began brightly, with Stefanie Curtis shooting wide in the third minute, before Romania took the lead after 12 minutes, as Daniela Pufulete headed the ball past Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne and tapped into an empty net. The same player almost doubled the lead four minutes later, only to see the ball rebound back off the crossbar with Byrne beaten.

Keeper dismissed
Shortly before half-time, Ireland's chances were boosted by the dismissal of Romania goalkeeper Lenuta Pop, and the home side took full advantage to draw level in added time at the end of the first half as O'Connor beat substitute goalkeeper Ancuta Fulea from a narrow angle.

Late drama
However, seven minutes after the restart the home side were also reduced to ten players, as Byrne was dismissed for bringing down Pufulete just outside the penalty area. Pufulete restored the visitors' lead 14 minutes from time with a cool finish, but Grant's late intervention earned the home side a p
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