Romania vs New Zealand LIVE Football Match Score July 28/7/2021
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 are back with another men’s football match this week as New Zealand U23 take on Romania U23 on Wednesday. Both teams have been inconsistent this year and have a point to prove this week. New Zealand U23 have their work cut out for them at the Olympics and have won one of their two games so far. The Kiwis can pack a punch on their day and will need to step up to the plate this week.
Romania U23 have also had their problems this year and will want to bounce back from their defeat last week. The Romanians have a talented squad and will want to make a statement of intent on Wednesday. Romania U23 have never played an official fixture against New Zealand U23 and will want to win this game. New Zealand U23 have an impressive team and cannot afford another defeat this weekend. The Romanian youngsters were impressive in their first game and will need to pull off a similar performance this week. New Zealand U23 also have a massive battle ahead of them and will need to step up in this fixture.
New Zealand might have lost the game against Honduras but it was mightily close. The team will find itself in a better position if not for conceding the late winner. Romania will be low on confidence after the crushing loss against South Korea. Despite having brought a strong squad, Romania may lack the confidence required to come up with one final push.
New Zealand have benefited from the presence of an experienced forward like Chris Wood, who has already scored two goals in the group stages. After scoring in back-to-back games, Wood is showing the kind of form and momentum that will make him a threat against any team.
New Zealand let themselves down hugely from a defensive perspective in their last Group B fixture, going down 2-3 to Honduras, leaving themselves in a winner-takes-all shootout with Romania as all four countries head into the final round of games on three points. After beating thrashed 0-4 by South Korea last time out, question must be asked as to whether Romania have enough time to recover mentally from such a poor result, with New Zealand looking to capitalise.
This contest will likely be decided by the Kiwi’s defence. In Chris Wood they have a reliable goalscorer if given the chance, but to win this game, their backline must perform at the standard they showed against South Korea rather than Honduras. It’s difficult to see Romania keeping a clean sheet against a Wood-led New Zealand attack, so Danny Hay’s side may just edge this one. provided they can rediscover that defensive solidary from their first group match.
The opening matches for New Zealand and Romania produced a tight encounter, but the upcoming game could be vastly different as both need to go for a victory to have any chance of qualification to the final stages. This might result in an end-to-end game that will produce a lot of goals.
New Zealand could have been heading into the game against Romania with absolutely no pressure on their shoulders had they held on against Honduras on Sunday, but two late goals inflicted a disappointing 3-2 defeat against them.
Liberato Cacace and Wood had struck either side of half time to provide the OFC side with a 2-1 lead, but Juan Carlos Obregon and Rigoberto Rives both scored within the last 12 minutes of normal time to keep their nation’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages for a third successive Olympics alive.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have never made it to the final eight at this tournament, making Wednesday’s test against Romania all the greater.