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Romania secures 2nd spot in Group D behind Netherlands

Romania beat Estonia 2-0 Tuesday to seal a berth in next month's European playoffs for a place at next year's World Cup as the already-qualified Netherlands beat Turkey by the same score.

Beats Estonia 2-0 to seal berth in next month's European playoffs

Romania's Florin Gardos, right, reacts after Ciprian Marica scored the second goal against Estonia during the World Cup Group D qualifying match at the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press)

Romania beat Estonia 2-0 Tuesday to seal a berth in next month's European playoffs for a place at next year's World Cup as the already-qualified Netherlands beat Turkey by the same score.

Ciprian Marica converted a 31st-minute penalty for Romania and doubled the lead with just 10 minutes to go to ensure his team finished second in Group D.

Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder both scored as the Netherlands netted early in each half and comfortably defended their lead against a Turkey team that could not convert the few clear chances it created.

At Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary could only beat Andorra 2-0 after being hammered 8-1 by the Netherlands on Friday.

Nemanja Nikolic scored in the 52nd and Ildefonso Lima netted an own goal in the 77th.

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