Romania v Albania
Group A will conclude on Sunday night when Romania take on Albania at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, with both sides still in search of their first victory in the competition.
A win for Romania could see them finish 2nd in the group but would guarantee at least 3rd, depending on Switzerland’s result against France, which kicks off at the same time. While 2nd place is out of reach for Albania, a win for Gianni De Biasi’s side would secure 3rd and could be enough for them to progress to the Round of 16 as one of four best third-placed teams.
Albania narrowly lost their second match to hosts France, with substitute Antoine Griezmann opening the scoring in the 90th minute. Dimitri Payet scored his second goal of the tournament deep into injury time, handing Les Bleus a 2-0 win.
Despite the loss, Albania looked defensively organised, with wingers Andi Lila and Ledian Memushaj offering a threat on the break.
Captain Lorik Cana will return to the starting line-up, after serving a suspension for the red card he received in the opening match against Switzerland.
Romania claimed a point in their second match, drawing 1-1 with Switzerland. Bogdan Stancu’s penalty gave Romania the lead in the opening 20 minutes but Admir Mehmedi equalised for Switzerland just before the hour mark.
Anghel Iordansecu admitted that his side were second best, adding that the match against Albania is a must-win.
“We have to win our next game [against Albania]. That’s how I see it. But in this game we achieved what we wanted to. After the first half, I told the players to get the second goal and then protect the result, but we couldn’t do it.”
Both Mihai Pintilii and Razvan Rat suffered injuries in the game and are doubts for the final group match.
“Pintilii has some physical problems. I don’t know if he will be ready for the next game,” Iordanescu said. “Rat asked to be substituted. It’s difficult to say whether he will play.”
Albania have faced Romania 16 times in their history, more than any other nation, although they are yet to win any of their eight competitive matches.
Romania predicted line-up
Albania predicted line-up
101 Great Goals prediction: Romania 2 – Albania 1