MARIUS LACATUS became the latest scoring sensation of the World Cup when his double strike gave Romania a shock 2-0 win over the USSR in Bari yesterday.
The win leaves the Romanians top of Group B, ahead of the Cameroons on goal difference. The first came with a fierce drive just before half-time to give Romania a surprise lead, Lacatus giving Dasayev no chance, rifling home from inside the penalty area in the 40th minute.
The goal gave the Romanians an obvious lift and they dominated the contest from that point on. Lacatus put the game beyond the Russians’ reach when he made no mistake with his 54th-minute penalty, driving the ball past the helpless Dasayev.
The Romanians had taken the lead completely against the run of play. Minutes earlier Alexander Zavarov twice forced spectacular saves from Lung, who dived to his left to turn away a well-struck shot and then punched wide a fierce shot from just outside the area.
Romania's only other real chance of the half fell to midfielder Iosif Rotariu, who forced Dasayev to dive low at the post to save. Soviet defender Khidiatullin was booked for a foul on Gheorghe Popescu and Lacatus also went into the book for failing to retreat 10 yards at a free.
ROMANIA — Lung; Rednic, Klein, Popescu, Andonc, Rotariu, Timofte, Lupescu, Sabau, Roducioiu, Lacatus. Subs: Lupu, Stelea, Dumitrcscu, Ralint. Sandoi.
USSR — Dasayev; Bessonov, Kuznctsov, Gorlufcovic, Khidiatullin, Rats, Alcinikov, Litovchenko, Zavarov, Dobrovolsky, Protasov. Subs: Borodyuk, Yaremchuk, Zygmantovic, Fokin,