Romania vs Poland by Gustav
After three matches played in these qualifications, we can say that Romania is very close to disappoint this time. It's actually just a continuation of their performance at EURO 2016, where the team actually had two decent matches, but suffered defeat to Albania and got excluded from further competition, something that their fans didn't expect after two quite positive performances.
They started these qualifiers with a draw at home against Montenegro 1:1, which isn't completely satisfying result but could be barebale in case they won next two matches. Howevever even though the team took a three pointer away to Armenia with a 5:0 result, they quickly disappointed again with a goalless draw against Kazakhstan away from home in the last game played. Home side had more of the ball possession, Romanians were more concrete but not enough to deserve the three pointer.
In comparison to previous matches, Romanians won't be counting at defender Razvan Rat (113/2), midfielder Gabriel Torje (54/11), Mihai Pintilli (33/1) and Lucian Sanmartean (21/0) who retired from national team out of more known players.
After a bit sluggish start in the first round when the team took only a point in a 2:2 draw away from home against Kazakhstan (despite that they had 2:0 lead after the first halftime), the team went on and got two important victories, at home over Denmark 3:2 which is surely important victory against a strong opponent, but also used in order to boost their morale.
Finally, the last game they played, was a bit more difficult reached victory than what was expected, since they only managed to take a narrow three pointer at home against Armenia with a 2:1 result. It was a game where the Polish side dominated a lot, from the first minute and even had a man more on the field since 30th minute, but couldn't convert chances easily into goals. All three were scored in the second halftime, with Polish taking the lead in 48th via an own goal, while the Armenians leveled up just two minutes late via Pizzelli. Five minutes into the additional time they reached the victory with a goal from Lewandowski, but it needs to be said that the victory was more than deserved.
Polish side won't be counting at defenders Maciej Rybys (44/2), Jakub Wawrzyniak (49/1), midfielder Sebastian Mila (38/8) and forward Arkadiusz Milik (33/11), out of more known players.
Draw can't be excluded here, but I can't see a home victory here. In my eyes, Polish side is with a better quality, coming in way better momentum looking at both sides and one thing is sure, they do score goals way more easier than the Romanians.