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UEFA Nations League: Lithuania - Romania Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

LithuaniaLithuaniaLFF stadionas - VilniusThursday 11 October 2018
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Group C4 - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/2009QR (GS)Lithuania - Romania0-1
MarijampoleMarica 39
06/09/2008QR (GS)Romania - Lithuania0-3
Cluj-NapocaStankevičius 31, Mikalajunas 69, Kalonas 87
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/2001QR (GS)Lithuania - Romania1-2
KaunasFomenko 86; Ilie 31, V Moldovan 49
03/09/2000QR (GS)Romania - Lithuania1-0
BucharestI Ganea 88
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
02/04/1997QR (GS)Lithuania - Romania0-1
VilniusV Moldovan 72
31/08/1996QR (GS)Romania - Lithuania3-0
BucharestV Moldovan 20, Petrescu 65, Gâlcă 77
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Lithuania - Squad list
League phase
1Emilijus Zubas10/07/199028Bnei Yehuda - 00
12Dziugas Bartkus07/11/198928Žalgiris - 00
16Ernestas Šetkus25/05/198533H. Haifa - 20
2Linas Klimavičius10/04/198929Žalgiris - 20
3Justinas Januševskis26/03/199424Trakai - 00
4Vaidas Slavickas26/02/198632Sūduva - 00
5Algis Jankauskas27/09/198236Sūduva - 10
20Valdemar Borovskij02/05/198434Trakai - 10
21Vaidas Šilėnas16/07/198533Trakai - 00
23Rolandas Baravykas23/08/199523Žalgiris - 10
6Povilas Leimonas16/11/198730Sūduva - 10
7Artūras Žulpa10/06/199028Tobol - 20
9Donatas Kazlauskas21/03/199424Trakai - 00
11Arvydas Novikovas18/12/199027Jagiellonia*20
13Domantas Šimkus10/02/199622Žalgiris - 00
14Vykintas Slivka29/04/199523Hibernian - 20
15Deimantas Petravičius02/09/199523Falkirk - 00
17Mantas Kuklys10/06/198731Zhetysu - 20
18Modestas Vorobjovas30/12/199522Trakai*20
22Fiodor Černych21/05/199127Dinamo Moskva - 20
10Darvydas Šernas22/07/198434Sogdiana Jizzakh - 20
19Nerijus Valskis04/08/198731Ratchaburi Mitr Phol - 00
-Edgaras Jankauskas12/03/197543 - 20
Romania - Squad list
League phase
1Costel Pantilimon01/02/198731Nottm Forest - 00
12Ciprian Tătăruşanu09/02/198632Nantes*20
16Florin Niță03/07/198731Sparta Praha - 00
2Romario Benzar26/03/199226FCSB - 10
3Alin Toşca14/03/199226PAOK - 00
4Gabriel Tamaş09/11/198334H. Haifa - 00
5Tudor Băluţă27/03/199919Viitorul - 00
6Cristian Manea09/08/199721CFR Cluj - 10
7Alexandru Chipciu18/05/198929Sparta Praha*20
22Cristian Săpunaru05/04/198434Kayserispor - 20
8Adrian Stoian11/02/199127Crotone - 00
10Alexandru Maxim08/07/199028Mainz - 10
11Nicusor Bancu18/09/199226Universitatea Craiova - 20
15Paul Anton10/05/199127Krylya Sovetov*20
17Florin Tănase30/12/199423FCSB - 00
18Răzvan Marin23/05/199622Standard Liège - 10
20Ionuţ Mitriță08/02/199523Universitatea Craiova - 20
23Nicolae Stanciu07/05/199325Sparta Praha - 21
9Dorin Rotariu29/07/199523AZ - 10
13Claudiu Keșerü02/12/198631Ludogorets - 20
19George Ţucudean30/04/199127CFR Cluj - 11
21Denis Drăguş06/07/199919Viitorul - 10
-Cosmin Contra15/12/197542 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

Edgaras Jankauskas

Date of birth: 12 March 1975
Nationality: Lithuanian
Playing career: Žalgiris Vilnius, CSKA Moskva, Torpedo Moskva, Club Brugge, Real Sociedad, Benfica (loan), Porto, Nice (loan), FBK Kaunas, Hearts (loan), AEK Larnaca, Belenenses, Skonto, REO Vilnius, New England Revolution, Fakel Voronezh
Coaching career: Lokomotiv Moskva (assistant), Hearts (assistant), Trakai, Lithuania

• A hard-working target man, Jankauskas began his career at local club Žalgiris before moving to Russia to play for CSKA and Torpedo. Lifted the league title in Belgium in his first season with Club Brugge.

• Became Lithuania's most expensive player when signing for Real Sociedad for a reported €2.3m in January 2000; then shone on loan at Benfica, yet joined their Portuguese Liga rivals Porto in 2003 and was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League under José Mourinho, though he did not play in either final.

• Later played in France, Scotland, Cyprus, Latvia and the United States, and represented Lithuania regularly for over 13 years, earning 56 caps and scoring ten goals. Also voted Lithuanian player of the year on five occasions.

• Helped out José Couceiro during his spell as Lithuania boss (2008–10) and gathered more experience as assistant coach of Lokomotiv Moskva and Hearts.

• Given sole command of Lithuanian side Trakai in 2014, he was subsequently named Lithuania boss at the start of 2016; oversaw a single win in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as his side picked up six points from their ten matches.


Cosmin Contra

Date of birth: 15 December 1975
Nationality: Romanian
Playing career: Politehnica Timişoara (three times), Dinamo Bucureşti, Alavés, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid, West Brom (loan), Getafe
Coaching career: Politehnica Timişoara, Fuenlabrada, Petrolul Ploieşti, Getafe, Guangzhou, Alcorcón, Dinamo Bucureşti, Romania

• Started and ended his playing career with his home-town club Politehnica Timişoara, heading to Spain in 1999 after a spell in the Romanian capital with Dinamo Bucureşti.

• A major hit with Alavés, the attacking right-back helped the little-known club to reach the 2000/01 UEFA Cup final in their first season in European competition, scoring three goals and putting in a fine performance in the final – a 5-4 loss to Liverpool after extra time in Dortmund.

• Played for Milan, Atlético and West Brom then, after a spell back at Politehnica, helped Getafe make it to the 2007/08 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.  Played in his second UEFA European Championship in summer 2008, and won the last of his 73 Romania caps in 2010, more than 14 years after his international debut.

• Moved from pitch to bench at Timişoara, working briefly as player-coach. After a spell in Spain, led Petrolul to 2012/13 Romanian Cup success, then returned to save Getafe from relegation in 2014 before trying his luck in China.

• Having won the 2016/17 Romanian League Cup with Dinamo Bucureşti he was hired as Romania coach in September 2017, promptly winning six of his first eight matches in charge.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFrançois Letexier (FRA)
  • Assistant refereesCyril Mugnier (FRA) , Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
  • Additional assistant refereesAmaury Delerue (FRA) , Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
  • Fourth officialNicolas Danos (FRA)
  • UEFA DelegateAlojzije Supraha (CRO)
  • UEFA Referee observerSokol Jareci (ALB)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
François Letexier23/04/1989011

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
11/09/2018U21QRRomaniaBosnia and Herzegovina2-0Ovidiu

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group C4 - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Lithuania 0-1 Serbia
    0-1 Tadić 38 (P)
    Šetkus, Klimavičius, A. Jankauskas, Žulpa, Vaitkūnas, Novikovas, Slivka, Kuklys (46 Vorobjovas), Verbickas (72 Šernas), Černych, Baravykas
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Montenegro 2-0 Lithuania
    1-0 Savić 34 (P) , 2-0 Janković 35
    Šetkus, Klimavičius, Vorobjovas, Leimonas (46 Borovskij), Žulpa, Vaitkūnas, Novikovas, Slivka, Lasickas (62 Šernas), Verbickas (46 Kuklys), Černych
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Romania 0-0 Montenegro
    Tătăruşanu, Benzar, Chiricheş (31 Bălașa), Chipciu, Pintilii (73 Anton), Maxim, Bancu, Keșerü, Mitriță (67 Budescu), Săpunaru, Stanciu
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Serbia 2-2 Romania
    1-0 A. Mitrović 26, 1-1 Stanciu 48 (P) , 2-1 A. Mitrović 63, 2-2 Ţucudean 68
    Tătăruşanu, Manea, Bălașa, Chipciu (93 Rotariu), Bancu, Anton, Marin, Ţucudean (82 Keșerü), Drăguş (60 Mitriță), Săpunaru, Stanciu
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)

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