Scotland 1 Romania 2
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cristian Chivu and Daniel Pancu had the visitors ahead at Hampden Park before James McFadden restored some Scottish pride as Berti Vogts's side failed to bounce back from last month's 4-0 friendly thrashing by Wales.
Scotland had an early glimpse of goal when Neil McCann's right wing corner was glanced on by Steven Thompson but no home player reacted to the deft flick.
The match certainly did not lack a competitive edge with Premiership-based duo Adrian Mutu and Vio Ganea not shirking from any challenges.
Wolves forward Ganea overstepped the mark on 15 minutes with a nasty lunge on John Kennedy which curtailed the debutant's involvement in the match.
Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested until the 37th minute when Romania took the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances.
Colin Cameron conceded a free kick 30 yards from goal and to the right side of the pitch and Chivu's shot deflected off the Wolves midfielder and past a stranded Paul Gallacher.
Just six minutes after half time, Romania doubled their lead after a neat interchange between Pancu and Mutu.
Pancu played a swift one-two with the Chelsea forward and, after Steven Pressley failed to clear the danger, the ball was lashed beyond a helpless Gallacher.
Scotland responded by introducing McFadden into the action and he breathed fresh life into a dismal home performance.
Christian Dailly supplied him with the pass on 57 minutes and, belying his lack of match sharpness at Everton, McFadden surged into the area and rolled the ball into the back of the net.
McFadden continued to be the bright spot for the hosts and fired a free kick over the bar but, ultimately, Scotland struggled to find any rhythm at Hampden Park.