Romania will square off against Albania in a Group A match of Euro 2016 at the Stade de Lyon on Sunday. Both sides face a must-win situation on Sunday as that is the only way they can stay afloat in Euro 2016.
Surprisingly, Romania have won just one out of their last 15 games in the Euros since 2000. That is not something they will want to remember when they take the field against Albania in Lyon on Sunday.
Albania have not been in good form as they have lost their last three international matches. They are yet to score in Euro 2016 as well. They might just equal Turkey's record of not scoring in their Euro Cup debut.
Albania will also be wary of the fact that they have never beaten Romania in their eight encounters that they had prior to this game. Romania have won six out of those eight matches.
Romania will look to continue with record against Albania on Sunday. The Romanian coach Anghel Iordanescu, who will be taking charge of this side for the 100th time on Sunday, said that he wants his boys to come up with a positive result and a better performance against Albania, which in return will delight the nation.
"The most important thing is the objective we're pursuing. Our players have to understand that this is the chance of a generation.Romanian football needs this. For years our team has not been present at Euros and this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to obtain a result that will delight the entire country," Iordanescu was quoted as saying by UEFA.
Meanwhile, Albania manager Gianni De Blasi is completely aware of Romania's strengths. He wants to make sure that his boys do not commit the same mistake against Romania like they did against France and Switzerland, which cost them the games.
"The boys need to understand that they have to leave everything on the pitch to get a result.The players have done a lot of good things so far. Unfortunately we've paid dearly for our mistakes. And when we've had chances, perhaps we haven't been experienced enough to build on what we've done in the game," De Blasi said.
"We need to be focused on the defensive side because Romania are strong from set pieces. They're very solid and similar to us in terms of mentality. We've prepared well and we'll try to play the perfect game tomorrow because we have to win."
Where to Watch Live
Romania vs Albania Group A game of Euro 2016 is set to begin at 9 p.m. local time (12.30 a.m. IST, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET). All the live streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Sony ESPN. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
France: TV: Bein Sports 1 and 2. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Spain: Tele Cinco, MiTele en Vivo.
Romania: Dolce Sport 1, Pro TV. Live Streaming: Dolce Sport Live.
Albania: Top Channel Albania, Supersport 2 Digital.
Turkey: Lig TV, TRT Spor Web TV, TRT 1. Live Streaming: Digiturk Play.
Ukraine: Belarus 5, Kanal Ukrayina.
Austria: ZDF, HRT 2, ORF 1. Live Streaming: ORF TV.
Hungary: M4 Sports.
Poland: Polsat Sport 2 HD, Belarus 5, TV P1. Live Streaming: TVP Sport.
Slovakia: TV: HRT and STV.
USA: TV: ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: TSN and RDS. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
Australia: TV: Bein Sports and SBS One. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Germany: TV: ZDF and ORF.
Latin America: TV: DirecTV.
China and Hong Kong: TV: CCTV and LeTV.
Thailand: TV: Channel 3.
Singapore: TV: Eleven Singapore and Singtel. Live Streaming: Singtel Go.
Malaysia: TV: Astro.
Middle East and North Africa: TV: Bein Sports Max. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: SuperSport 3. Live Streaming: SuperSport.