Romania – Norway
Romania hosts Norway in an European qualifier from Group F. This match is going to be played at the Arena Nationala in the capital Bucurest on Tuesday. Let’s examine it for a few minutes.
Romania are still with pretty good chances to qualify for the Euro 2020. Right now they are third in the group with 13 points, being just one point behind the second Sweden. Given the fact that on the same day the Swedish team is hosting Spain, for Romania this is a good chance to climb up to second place in the group.
The Balkan team is doing pretty good lately. In their last four games in the group, the Romanians achieved three wins and only lost against Spain.
Few days ago Romania visited the Faroe Islands in Torshavn, enjoying a solid 3-0 win. Surprisingly until the 73th minute the result was 0-0, but the visitors found a way to break the hosts’ defense. George Puscas opened the score for Romania, while Alexandru Mitrita and Claudiu Keseru scored two more for the visitors.
Norway are entering this game after a 1-1 draw with Spain in Oslo, which is going to improve the team’s confidence. The Scandinavians really need to win this clash in Bucurest, because right now they are 4th in the group with 10 points won. If they want to reach Euro 2020, the Norwegians must step up their game in the last few games in the group.
Norway were actually pretty close to losing this game in Oslo against Spain. Saul put La Roja ahead in the beginning of the second half. The hosts had to wait to the 94th minute in order to equalise, when Joshua King scored from a penalty kick.
Maybe it’d be fair to say that Romania have the home ground advantage against Norway on Tuesday, but the visitors will be a tough opponent. It’d be curious to see what’s going to happen between these two sides in Bucurest.