Romania vs Greece by Isaiah

It could be said that the Romanians walked away with a positive result back on Friday evening away in Hungary, when the team earned a goalless draw and kept their advantage on the second position, keeping the Hungarians on a three points difference. In case of a victory tonight against Greeks, they would make a decisive step towards the direct qualifications being also only a point away from first placed Northern Ireland.

The game itself in Hungary was quite a balanced one, with the Romanians being maybe slightly better, but overall the draw was a fair outcome. Till the end of the qualifications, counting this game, they will also welcome Finland and travel away to Faroe Islands, making this game a perfect chance to almost seal the qualification and just mathematically assure it in October. With four wins and three draws till now, also only one goal conceded in previous seven rounds, their defensive lineup will be one of the strongest parts of the team now, but also knowing that they need to attack in order to obtain all three points. Forwards Stancu and Marica weren't invited for this one due injuries. Winger Alexandru Chipciu won't perform here due suspension, but midfielder Mihai Pintilli is back after serving his ban.

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Greece, on the other hand, stood without mathematical chances of reaching the third position and play-off rounds on Friday evening, when the team once again showed an uninspiring performance in a narrow 0:1 loss at home against Finland. Once again they were unable to show much of a creativity in midfield, did try and kept the ball more in their possession, but simply couldn't score - something that they have problems with in months and months.

Finland was searching for their chance mostly via counter attacks and managed to net the three points worth goal in 75th minute via Pohjanpalo, while the home side didn't respond well later on and succumbed to another defeat. This now remains the most disappointing qualifying path for the Greeks in many, many years, as the team has only two points out of seven qualifying games - draws away to Finland and Hungary, while the team for example, suffered two defeats against Faroe Islands. Without any motive and with anything of positive psychology, it's hard to see the Greeks making extra effort here and getting out away with something positive. Right full back Vasilis Torosidis was suspended for previous game, but also wasn't invited as he is injured, while sidelined with injury is also midfielder Sotiris Ninis.

Romania have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches in the European Championship (including qualifiers).
Romania are undefeated in their last 13 matches in the European Championship (including qualifiers).

Can't say that Romanian players are individually way more quality or anything like that, however everything else seems to be on Romanian side at the moment. Current form, atmosphere around the national team, relations between players, huge competitive motive here and atmosphere on the stands point out to a home victory.

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  1. Peter says:

    @ Isaiah, I don’t know why but our national team coach, keep saying that Greece is the most valuable team of the group that we must be careful…. I don’t have a good feeling about this game, Greece don’t have anything to lose so they will play for fun, while we can lose our calm if they score first, I’m afraid that we will make a bad match today…

  2. Isaiah Isaiah says:

    Well, even with a bad game from Romania, you can win this. Just some facts, the next day after the game against Finland, Holebas, Mitroglou and other players spotted on the beach, two others on night club. Simple, they do not care. They wear their sunglasses, their tattoos visible to photographers, and they travel to Romania :D There is a mess right now there, players are divided in ‘groups’, not talking to each other, etc. The only negative fact is that you already said, they will play for fun with no anxiety.

  3. Peter says:

    Yeah, you have a point there but I remember we had problems in this kind of matches in the past, I remember that at Euro 2008, we were in the group of death with Italy, France and Netherlands, we made 1-1 with Italy, we made 0-0 against France, 1-1 against Italy and in the last match against Netherlands who already had 6 points we needed a win to qualify with no problems and Marco van Basten, coach of Netherlands put in a team with a lot of reserves, everybody was speaking about they let us qualify, that we can beat their reserves, even Marco van Basten wanted us to qualify, but we lost with 2-0 against their reserves, even Marco van Basten seem to be upset because of that :)

    I really hope we win this match but we have a word in Romania “You drowned as a Gypsy at shore” that means you’ve done everything right until the last moments but failed to to accomplish the target, it’s pretty hilarious but a lot of times we drowned as a Gypsy at shore :)

    Anyway, I just hope that we will win and qualify directly :)

  4. Peter says:

    I told you about the Romanian word, I don’t understand why Greece players delayed so much the game… I believe that there’s an arrangement with Hungary or Northern Ireland, either they won’t play so defensive or delay the game so much, I saw how they played against Finland, they attacked an didn’t delayed the game, not Karnezis start delays since 20th minute… and Romania played poorly like the last matches with only 1 striker against an defensive Greece… Let’s see who will win against Greece in the next 2 rounds so we will see who made an arrangement with them :)

  5. crap says:

    And where did you get that info?? lol Greece sucked and so did Romania. Simple truth , no “arrangements”.

  6. sree says:

    sorry for late replay peter your prediciton is too good

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