Moldova hosts Kazakhstan in the first leg of the UEFA Nations League play-out final. The match will be played on Thursday, March 24th at Stadionul Zimbru (Chisinau)
The national team of Moldova finished 4th in Group C of League C with one point scored. The Moldovans faced Slovenia (0-1 and 0-4), Greece (0-2 and 0-2), and Kosovo (1-1 and 0-1). The Moldovan team is one of the weakest in European football. It is ranked 181st in the FIFA rankings and surpasses only three teams from the UEFA zone: Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, and San Marino. The Tricolors clearly demonstrated their low level in the qualification for the 2022 World Cup. They earned only one point in ten matches and finished last in Group F. The away 0-8 defeat to Denmark was the biggest in the history of the Moldovan national team. Due to such terrible results, former head coach Roberto Bordin left the post and was replaced by Serghei Clescenco.
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Kazakhstan finished fourth in Group D of League C with four points. The Hawks competed with Albania (0-0 and 3-1), Belarus (1-2 and 0-2), and Lithuania (2-0 and 1-2). The Kazakhs are also going through hard times now, but they periodically demonstrate good results in individual matches. In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the team took last place in Group D with three points. And the Kazakhs were remembered for two draws against the Ukrainians (1-1 and 2-2) and a successful trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-2). They changed their head coach in March 2022. Instead of Talgat Baysufinov, ex-player of the national team Andrei Karpovich headed the Hawks as interim.
The history of confrontations between the national teams of Moldova and Kazakhstan has five friendly matches. So far, the statistics are equal: one victory and one defeat for each team and one draw. The opponents played their last head-to-head match in February 2019 in Belek (Turkey), and the Kazakhs achieved a minimal 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by Oralkhan Omirtaev in the 2nd half. Now the Hawks can take away a draw or a victory. They occasionally please their fans with good results, and due to a slightly higher class, they can decide the outcome of the upcoming confrontation in their favor. The Moldovans are quite weak now. After winning a friendly match against Azerbaijan in June 2021 (1-0), they lost nine times in a row. In the last 25 matches, the Tricolors gained one victory and three draws and suffered 21 losses, and it is difficult to hope for a successful outcome with such statistics.