France coach Domenech slates Romania approach

Without influential captain Patrick Vieira and main striker Thierry Henry, they created little against the hard-working but unambitious Romanians.

Franck Ribery cut a ball back for Karim Benzema to cushion an 18-yard shot into Bogdan Lobont's arms on 62 minutes.

Romania barely threated but they were content with a point from the drab tie.

"Every match is now effectively a knockout match," France coach Raymond Domenech said. "I am neither pessimistic or optimistic."

Romania stifled a France attack including Lyon star Karim Benzema and Domenech critised their approach.

"We were playing against a team that didn't want to play, just wanted a draw."

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