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Still waiting: Mirel Radoi expects Romania to get three points for their cancelled game

Still waiting: Mirel Radoi expects Romania to get three points for their cancelled game

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Still waiting: Mirel Radoi expects Romania to get three points for their cancelled game

Head coach Mirel Radoi has no doubt Romania should be awarded three points after the cancellation of their match with Norway but warned his side must still be prepared to fight against Nations League relegation when they face Northern Ireland tonight.

Both sides are preparing for the match at Windsor Park unclear as to what exactly will be riding on it as they await a verdict from Uefa on Sunday's cancellation - caused by a positive coronavirus test within the Norway camp.

Ian Baraclough's side are three points behind Romania after a disappointing campaign and are favourites to drop out of League B.

Radoi said he expected Romania to be awarded a walkover win - a decision which would relegate Northern Ireland to League C - and give his own side a chance of overhauling Norway in second place.

"As far as I know, from what I have seen, that will be the conclusion of this issue," Radoi said.

"But if we do not get these points and we lose tomorrow, we will finish in last place in this Nations League group, and for sure we don't want that.

"We want to finish in second place in this group."

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Radoi said his players had the added motivation of settling scores after being frustrated in Bucharest in September, when the 10 men of Northern Ireland earned a late draw through Gavin Whyte's 87th-minute equaliser.

"It will be like a final for us because, in my opinion, we lost two points at home in an undeserved result," he said.

"For us it has to be revenge."

Tonight's match will be the third meeting in the space of a year between Radoi and Ian Baraclough, who had met while in charge of their respective Under-21 sides before leading the seniors against each other two months ago.

"Tactically, it will be a tough battle," he added.

"Until now we have managed to cancel each other out, but I wonder if tomorrow we can get the win we need.

"I like him a lot as a person and I'm very sure the results will come for him as the coach of Northern Ireland."


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