Qualifying round (Group D) - 11/10/2011 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time) - Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana
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Albania target rare Romania victory

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Albania will look to end their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign on a high note by securing a first home win against Romania in 65 years when the two sides meet in Tirana.
Albania target rare Romania victory
Albania's Ervin Bulku (left) and Romania's George Florescu compete in the 1-1 draw in Piatra Neamt in September 2010 ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Albania target rare Romania victory

Albania will look to end their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign on a high note by securing a first home win against Romania in 65 years when the two sides meet in Tirana.

Albania will look to sign off from UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying on a high note as they welcome Romania in their final Group D fixture.

• Albania's record in 14 games against Romania reads W2 D2 L10 (W1 D0 L5 at home, with that lone win in Tirana a 1-0 success in the sides' very first encounter on 13 October 1946).

• The teams both scored in the closing ten minutes when they drew 1-1 in their opening Group D qualifier on 3 September 2010. Substitute Bogdan Stancu put Romania in front, but Albania struck back through their own replacement, Gjergj Muzaka, three minutes from time.

• Prior to that contest, Albania had been on a nine-match losing streak against Romania, having last denied their opponents victory in a 1-1 friendly draw in Bucharest on 23 October 1949. Their most recent win against Romania – 1-0 away from home – came in the encounter before that, also in Bucharest on 2 May 1948.

• The nations crossed paths in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. Nicolae Dică and Adrian Mutu scored as Romania won 2-0 on their travels, before the dismissals of Debatik Curri and Nevil Dede helped the Romanians secure a 6-1 success in the return encounter. Dică (22 and 71pen), Gabriel Tamaş (53), Daniel Niculae (62 and 65) and Ciprian Marica (69pen) grabbed the goals.

Last updated: 07/10/11 23.17CET

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