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As Romania prepare to face Andorra in their European Championship qualifying clash, the stakes are high. Following a somewhat disappointing draw against Belarus, Romania’s aspirations to seize the top spot in Group I hinge on their performance against Andorra at the National Arena in Bucharest. In this comprehensive preview, we delve into the team dynamics, performance analysis, and potential strategies as both teams vie for the coveted Euro 2024 qualification.
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After a recent 0-0 draw against Belarus, Romania find themselves in a precarious situation. As the second-placed team in Group I, they are closely pursued by third-placed Israel, just two points behind with a game in hand. The Romanians had dominated the match in terms of possession and shots on goal but struggled to break through the resilient Belarusian defensive block. Intriguingly, despite being undefeated in Group I along with Switzerland, their victories, including a 2-0 win over Andorra, a 2-1 win over Belarus, and a 2-0 win over a 10-man Kosovo, have raised questions about their performance. Romania must now deliver a convincing win to assert their dominance.
Romania have a strong track record at home, being undefeated throughout this qualifying campaign. Their last defeat on home turf was in a friendly against Slovenia in November last year. Despite the recent disappointing result against Belarus, ending their unbeaten home streak would require a significant upset.
In contrast, Andorra find themselves at the bottom of the group with just two points after seven games. They suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Kosovo and have gone three matches without scoring a goal, including a 3-0 loss to Switzerland and a goalless draw against Belarus. Furthermore, Andorra have failed to score in their last four meetings against Romania, conceding a total of 12 goals. To say the odds are stacked against them is an understatement.
After the scoreless draw against Belarus, Romania’s coach, Edward Iordanescu, might be contemplating changes in attack. Top scorer Valentin Mihaila, with three goals in Euro 2024 qualifying, could potentially lead the attack, replacing Denis Alibec. The midfield might also see some changes, with Olimpiu Morutan and Louis Munteanu being called up to the starting XI.
Andorra, on the other hand, might have to contend with the absence of central defender Max Llovera, who was injured in their last match. However, their starting XI is likely to maintain a standard 5-4-1 formation.
Romania: Moldovan; Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Bancu; Screciu, Marin, Stanciu, Morutan, Dragus; Mihaila
Andorra: Alvarez; Rubio, Vales, Ortega, Nicolas, Cervos; Rebes, Vales, Fernandez, Alaez; Fernandez
With Romania’s somewhat shaky performance in the attacking third during their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, a home match against Andorra provides an opportunity to break the deadlock and claim a comprehensive victory in their quest for the top spot in Group I. A victory for Romania, possibly by a margin of 4-0, seems likely.