Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Romania will look to make amends for back-to-back losses to Montenegro and Bosnia when they take on Finland in Bucharest on Saturday. The Tricolori are desperate to record their first win of the process; therefore, we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. Both Tanase and Alibec should be recalled to the starting XI after the duo came from the bench in the loss to Edin Dzeko and Co.
The Finns, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Montenegro on Tuesday to retain top position in the standings. Teemu Pukki is still lead the line for the Scandinavian side, but the opposition back-line should have Joel Pohjanpalo at bay as well as the Rizespor forward scored a brace in the second group game. Anyhow, we do not believe that Romania are capable of beating the in-form Finns in front of home fans.
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 (Finland):
Finland national football team played their first international game before the World War 1. The Finns were beaten by fellow Nordic side Sweden (2-5) on October 22, 1911, but eleven years later they recorded their biggest ever win on the international stage.
Finland outclassed Estonia 10-2 in Helsinki and, speaking of their heaviest defeat, the team suffered a 13-0 loss to Germany in Leipzig during the World War II (1940). Finland national team became a member of FIFA back in 1908, but they have yet to qualify for the finals of the major tournament. The Finns did not participate in the European Championship finals as well, but several top-class footballers were part of their national football team in the past.
Former Liverpool ace Jari Litmanen scored 32 goals in 137 appearances for Finland and Sami Hyypia is yet another notable footballer who played for the Eagle-owls. The colour of Finland’s home kits is white, while they play their away games in blue shirts and blue shorts.