Euro 2016: Romania vs Albania Match Preview – Do Or Die Battle For Both The Teams
Romania lock horns against Albania in the Euro 2016 Group A encounter at Stade de Lyon on Sunday, 19 June.
A new format has been introduced in this edition of Euro 2016 Championship which allows four teams who finish third on the table to qualify into the knock-out stages.
Both Romania and Albania will look forward to this opportunity as the top two spots in Group A have already been secured by France at the top with 6 points, followed by Switzerland on 4 points. Both Romania and Albania will look for a win to keep the hopes alive for qualifying into the round of 16.
Romania started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2-1 defeat against France, followed by a 1-1 draw with Switzerland and sits at the third spot with 1 point to their name. Romania displayed good form in their opening fixture but they lost a hard fought battle against the hosts France. A foul by Evra inside the box resulted in a penalty which allowed Romania to level the score but Payet’s sensational finish from distance in the dying minutes of the game robbed them of a chance to clinch a point.
“We must show the mentality of winners against Albania. It will be very difficult because Albania are a very good team, they run a lot and are very aggressive. But we are aware that a victory could send us through so we will give it a 100 per cent effort,” said Albania striker Florin Andone.
On the contrary Albania had a disappointing start to their campaign as they lost 1-0 against Switzerland in their opening game followed by a 2-0 defeat against France. They battled neck to neck against France and posed problems for the hosts with a rock-solid defensive display as they dropped deep down and defended in numbers. However a sublime headed finish from Greizmann and Payet’s late goal forced Romania to end up on the losing side.
“I believe we can qualify. I think that if we are able to score the goals that we haven’t against Switzerland and France then we could get the three points that may get us into the knockout rounds,” said Albania manager De Biasi.
Romania are unbeaten in their last 13 games against Albania (W10 D3). Albania’s last win was in May 1948 (1-0 in Bucharest).
Albania have never scored more than one goal in their 16 games against Romania.
Romania have only won one of their 15 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).
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