Teams: Steaua without Becali
June 13 - Italy vs. Romania
Well Romania hasn't won against Italy since the 1980's I believe...
Chances are now that Italy lost their opener against the Dutch they will raise their game and beat Romania convincingly as they have been doing over the past 20 years.
However, there is also an element of urgency and built-up pressure on the Azzurri while Romania will once again have nothing to lose. Having said that Italy has historically proven that they can thrive when they are in "do-or-die" situations and this is what ultimately counts.
If Italy get out of this group, I have a feeling they will play Holland again later in the tournment and that will be another crazy match.
As for Romaniam most people thought we would get thrashed by France and we proved them wrong. Our defense was solid once again BUT our attack has failed us and this has made us look like catenaccio lovers/football haters which is so not true about our team. However we have lost too many games in the past 10 years by attacking like maniacs and getting caught on the counter (as it will probably be the case with Russia today vs Spain), so yes Defense is a priority especially when trying to survive in this Group of Death.
Last edited by OffsideTrap; June 10th, 2008 at 18:18.