Kazakhstan hosts Moldova in the second leg of the UEFA Nations League play-out final. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 29th at Astana Arena (Nur-Sultan)
The national team of Kazakhstan finished fourth in Group D of League C with four points. The Kazakhs played against Albania (0-0 and 3-1), Belarus (1-2 and 0-2) and Lithuania (2-0 and 1-2). After the unsuccessful completion of the World Cup qualifiers, the Kazakh football association reshuffled the coaching staff. Talgat Baysufinov was replaced by the manager of Kyzylzhar Andrei Karpovich, who agreed to combine work in the club and the national team. The debut of the 41-year-old coach was successful. On March 24, Kazakhstanis defeated the Moldovan team in the first leg of the UEFA Nations League play-out final in Chisinau (2-1). The Moldovans opened the scoring before the break after a goal by Ion Nicolaescu, and Serhii Malyi equalized in the middle of the 2nd half. The fate of the match was decided by the defender of the home team Veaceslav Posmac, who turned the ball into own net.
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The national team of Moldova finished their performance in Group C of League C on the fourth line with one point. The Tricolors opposed Slovenia (0-1 and 0-4), Greece (0-2 and 0-2), and Kosovo (1-1 and 0-1). The Moldovans who failed the 2022 World Cup qualifiers are getting used to working with a new head coach. Instead of the Italian Roberto Bordin, the federation invited Serghei Clescenko. But the appointment of a new coach has not yet led to an improvement in results. The Moldovan team lost to Uganda (2-3) and South Korea (0-4) in friendly matches and suffered a defeat in the first leg against Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstanis and Moldovans played six head-to-head matches. The advantage is on the side of the Hawks, who gained three victories and one draw and suffered two losses. The unbeaten streak of the national team of Kazakhstan amounts to four matches in a row. It is noteworthy that the Kazakhs have never played against Moldova at home. The upcoming match in Nur-Sultan will be the debut confrontation between these teams in Kazakhstan. Moldova was unlucky in the first leg. The Tricolors delivered eight shots on goal and could have scored more than one goal. However, they did not convert their offensive advantage and lost due to an offensive own goal. The game in Kazakhstan will be difficult for the Moldovans. They lost 18 previous away games, and this terrible streak will probably continue. However, the Tricolors looked good in the attack in the first leg. If they work on the conversion, they will be able to score in Nur-Sultan. Statistics hint at such a scenario: Moldova scored in the last three official matches, and Kazakhstanis did not concede in only one of ten home games (a goalless draw against Albania).