Our prediction for this match:
Wednesday’s friendly at Stadionul Ilie Oana pits together Romania and Belarus. The Tricolori have been struggling in the UEFA Nations League this season, with the team losing each of their previous three group games. The Romanians are eager to regain a much-needed confidence, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Belarus. The visitors, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Markhel’s troops are determined to clinch top position in Group 4, meaning that the boss is likely to rest first-team regulars for the Nations League clash against Lithuania. Considering that Romania want this win more than Belarus, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Minsk empty-handed. In their last meeting on the international stage the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on the Tricolori this time out.
Highlighted Player (Ciprian Tatarusanu):
Anton Ciprian Tatarusanu is one of Romania’s most famous goalkeeper at the moment, and he has surprisingly spent the majority of his career up to date in his native country. The highly rated shot-stopper joined the most famous club on domestic stage Steaua via Juventus Bucuresti and Gloria Bistrita and he would go on to spend next seven years in the capital, making over 130 league appearances and featuring in over 40 matches in European competitions.
The big club move finally materialised in the summer of 2014 as he waited his contract to expire before signing for Fiorentina, and he quickly established himself as the number one goalkeeper at Artemio Franchi.
When it comes to international stage, Tatarusanu has spent much of his career competing with Costel Pantilimon for the starting berth in the national team, and he has emerged a winner, making 30 odd appearances for the Tricolorii since 2010. Bar any surprises, Tatarusanu will make his debut appearance at major tournaments at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Belarus):
Belarus national football team have been competing on the international stage since 1992. The Belarusians played their first match against Lithuania on July 20, 1992, but the game was not FIFA-recognized. The White Wings faced Ukraine in their first official match, with the team sharing the spoils with the fellow former Soviet republic.
Belarus have yet to qualify for a major tournament and they have slim chances of booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Belarusians recorded their biggest win on September 4, 2014, with the team rolling over Tajikistan 6-1 in Borisov and speaking of their biggest loss, they were hammered by Austria (0-5) on June 11, 2003.
Alexander Hleb is the most famous footballer who played for the Belarus national team and it is well known that he spent four seasons at Barcelona. Belarus play their home games at Borisov Arena and they wear white shirts and white shorts when welcoming their rivals. The colour of their away kits is black.