Can Moldova win the feat in front of France by delaying this Thursday a qualification for the Euro (if Iceland prevails beforehand in Turkey in the afternoon) in case of victory or no one at the Stade de France? In view of its latest results, this seems very much compromised.
175th in the FIFA rankings
Born in 1991 after the dismantling of the USSR, Moldova – wedged between Ukraine and Romania – has a relatively recent history and has never been famous at the European and world level. The Moldovan selection has never been qualified for a Euro or World Cup in 12 playoff appearances. Her best run dates back to the 2014 World Cup playoffs when she finished 5th in her group with eleven points, including two draws against Ukraine (0-0) and Poland (1-1), as well as a big win at the expense of Montenegro (5-2). Today, Moldova occupies the worst FIFA rank in its history in 175th position just ahead of Chad. His best ranking goes back to 2007 with a 52nd place.
Last of group H
Moldova is already eliminated from the Euro race after 8 qualifying matches (out of 10). Sixth and last in group H, she has only one win (1-0) against Andorra, two goals scored and 22 conceded. In the first leg against France on March 22, the Moldovan selection was largely slanted (1-4) to Chisinau (achievements of Griezmann, Varane, Giroud and Mbappé against a goal from Ambros).
Without Postolachi but with Ionita
Virgiliu Postolachi (19) will not be on the lawn of the Stade de France. The young striker Lille (8 games with the reserve this season) arrived during the offseason of the PSG where he was trained. Called for the first time by Moldova in September 2018, Postolachi – who never played with her in youth categories – had not gone to the rally, officially for "family reasons", according to the modalve federation.
In reality, the player and his entourage have not yet decided for which team he will play because the Lillois has the French nationality but also a Romanian passport. The star of the Moldovan team is called Artur Ionita. The 29-year-old midfielder plays in Cagliari (11 games this season), a revelation of the beginning of the season in Italy with his fourth place in the A-series.