Lithuania’s UEFA Nations League fate has been sealed.
On Thursday night, they could only draw 1-1 with Faroe Islands in Vilnius; Vykintas Slivka equalising.
But, after losing all four matches in June, this result ensures the Rinktine will finish rock bottom of Group C1.
So, in March 2024, Reinhold Breu’s team will face a two-legged relegation play-out, battling to avoid dropping into the bottom-tier.
Their opponents in that will be Belarus, Cyprus/Northern Ireland or Gibraltar.
Right now, having only won three of their last 40 competitive outings, a Lithuanian victory seems unlikely.
Luxembourg meanwhile continue to improve, even if this won’t be enough to see them promoted.
In mid-week, the Red Lions led not once, not twice but three times in İstanbul, but still couldn’t win.
Marvin da Graça, Danel Sinani and Gerson Rodrigues the scorers, only for Türkiye to equalise each time, the last coming in the 88th minute.
That draw ensures Türkiye bounce straight back to League B, but means Luxembourg are guaranteed to finish second.
Luc Holtz’s team have won eight of their 19 competitive matches in the last two years, a more than impressive record for so-called minnows.
Now, can they claim their first home victory since last September in this one at Stade de Luxembourg?