Romania will take on Slovakia in the European Under-19 championship on Friday. Both nations are out of contention for a place in the knockout stage, having lost both of their opening two games. Host nation Slovakia were defeated 1-0 by Italy two days ago while Romania suffered a 2-1 loss against France last time out. The tournament consists of eight teams split into two groups of four. The top two finishers in both groups not only qualify for the semi-finals, but also automatically qualify for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
Two wins from two in the #U19EURO finals: Ambrosino’s 37th-minute goal was enough to beat Slovakia today ✌
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Azzurri_En) June 21, 2022
Slovakia, who earned a place in this tournament as the host nation, were blown away by France in the opening fixture, conceding five goals without any reply. Meanwhile in the second game, Albert Rusnak’s side improved significantly losing only to a solitary goal against Italy. Giueseppe Di Bruttopilo’s goal in the 33rd minute separated the two teams. The defeat has left them out of the tournament with one game remaining. The same can be said for Romania, but they managed to put up a good fight against France and Italy. Daniel Oprescu’s side conceded two early goals against France in the previous match through Loum Tchaouna and Martin Adeline before pulling one back through Adrei Coubis eight minutes from time, it proved to be just a consolation goal.
With this encounter at Anton Malatinsky stadium being the final game for both sides, they are likely to rotate the team in order to give some game time some of the players who didn’t get on the pitch in the previous games. Aurelian Ciuciulete is likely to come into the Romanian midfield in place of Dan Sirbu. Eduard Radaslavescu and Andreas Chiritoiu are also pushing for a place in the attacking department. As for Slovakia, Adam Gazi and Viktor Silacky could start in the flanks, while Adam Griger could lead the attack.
Romania U-19 probable starting lineup: Popa; Coubis, Gergely, Danuleasa, Pantea; Ciuciulete, Pandele; Andrei, Ilie, Popescu; Andronache
Slovakia U-19 probable starting lineup: Balaz; Micuda, Luka, Ajlaky, Sikula; Oravec, Halabrin; Gazi, Szolgai, Sliacky; Ginger
The European U-19 championship Group A fixture between Romania and Slovakia will take place at Anton Malatinsky Stadium and it will kickoff at 9:00 pm IST on June 24, Friday.
Select matches of the 2022 European U-19 championship will be streamed live in certain territories on UEFA.tv. Highlights of all matches will be available to view as of midnight CET.
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