Is a good defence enough to qualify for Euro 2016?

Tonight Romania has a vital game against Finland in the 2016 European Qualifiers. Romania’s group is quite open with Northern Ireland, Romania and Hungary fighting for the first 2 spots that qualify for Euro 2016. *The 3rd place will qualify for play-off.

Even Finland has a chance to grab the 3rd place.

Why is the game against Finland vital for the Romanians? Because with 2 wins (1 tonight and another one with Faroe Islands) the qualification is guaranteed.

Another way Romania can go through would be with 4 points from the last 2 games. Or we need only one point if Hungary loses one of their last 2 matches.

You might not believe it , but Romania has the best defence in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying round . Romania has played 8 games and conceded only 1 goal. That means our defence is better than England’s, Spain’s and Germany’s to name a few.

Romania uses a quite standard team with central defenders Dragos Grigore, Vlad Chiriches and the left-back Razvan Rat being regulars, the only unsolved equation for the coach Anghel Iordanescu being who is playing on the right.

In Romania the main concern is the lack of goals from the national team (they scored only 1 goal in 2015). Raul Rusescu and Bogdan Stancu have struggled for form, while Florin Andone is still very young and trying to find his way. The only left solutions for the striker position are Constantin Budescu and Claudiu Keseru.

I hope that Anghel Iordanescu will send the best line-up for this game and hopefully we will score at least a goal more than our opponent. HAI ROMANIA ! (that is COME ON ROMANIA, in Romanian 😀 )

Romania can qualify even without scoring, but they’ll have to rely on their iron defence. Greece managed to make this tactic work in their favour at UEFA Euro 2004 tournament so why shouldn’t the Romanians be capable of doing exactly that?

To end on a serious note I would like to ask you guys: Is a good defence enough to qualify for a major tournament like Euro 2016?