Romania Clinches Group G With Tie
Friday, June 26, 1998; 6:30 p.m. EST
Romania, its players all sporting hair dyed blond, clinched its World Cup group yesterday with a 1-1 tie with Tunisia in Saint-Denis.
After pledging to dye their hair if they won their group, the entire Romanian squad arrived with blond manes, while Coach Anghel Iordanescu shaved his head, but wore a white baseball cap to hide the evidence.
Romania, first in Group G, avoided a meeting with Argentina in the second round. Instead, Romania will play Croatia in Bordeaux on Tuesday.
The draw still salvaged some pride for the Tunisians, who despite losses to England and Colombia avoided a last-place finish overall. That spot fell to the United States.
Second-half substitute Viorel Moldovan put a loose ball into the net in the 72nd minute. Moldovan, who replaced Ilie Dumitrescu only five minutes earlier, finished a play that started when Gheorge Popescu sent a free kick from midfield into the Romanian end. Adrian Ilie, who appeared offside, chased it down and chipped the ball over Tunisian goalkeeper Chorki el Ouaer. Defender Ferid Chouchane headed the ball away, but not far enough. The ball bounded to Moldovan, who volleyed it into the goal. All three Romanians involved in the goal were substitutes.
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