Romania vs Armenia Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 11/10/2021
Romania host Armenia at the Stadionul Steaua in Bucharest on Monday in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Tricolors are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Germany earlier in the week, having led the match from the 10-minute mark. Second-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller, who scored the winner in the 81st-minute, condemned Mirel Radoi’s side to a third defeat of the qualification campaign.
With 10 points in seven games, Romania are now fourth in Group J, but could leapfrog Armenia should they beat the visitors. The Havak’akan started their campaign with three wins on the trot, but failed to secure victory in any of their next four, including a draw with Iceland on Friday. Joaquin Caparros’ side will be eager to return to winning ways with only three games remaining in this qualifying round.
A draw with North Macedonia slowed their progress, though, and their most recent match saw them narrowly lose to group leaders Germany.
Mirel Radoi’s side came into the game having not conceded in their previous three games and they got off to the perfect start when Ianis Hagi gave them the lead after just nine minutes.
However, the four-time world champions hit back through Serge Gnabry shortly after the break and Thomas Muller’s 40th goal for Die Mannschaft broke Romanian hearts in the 81st minute.
That leaves The Wolves fourth in Group J but they are just two points behind North Macedonia – who play Germany on Monday – and upcoming opponents Armenia so could easily find themselves in the playoff spot by the final whistle.
Armenia will also be just as aware of the Macedonians tough game and their own chances to reclaim the playoff spot, though.
Joaquin Caparros’s side played out a 1-1 draw with Iceland on Friday – Kamo Hovhannisyan’s first-half goal being cancelled out by 18-year-old Isak Bergmann Johannesson – and slipped out of the qualification spots for the first time.
The Collective Team started off their qualifying campaign with three consecutive victories but are now winless in their last four games in Group J and in their last six in all competitions.
With just three games remaining Caparros will be desperate for his side to rediscover their early form and, with their final game scheduled to be against Germany, they do not want to leave themselves requiring too many points at the death.
They will have to overcome the historical form book to grab a win here, with Romania having won four of the pair’s five previous encounters.