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Euro 2016 team preview: Romania aim for the knockout rounds

Group A: France | Romania | Albania | Switzerland

Progress to the knockout stage would be satisfactory enough for a fairly dour Romania, who lack the match winners to trouble bigger sides. Their final group match, against Albania, might be a playoff for third place and a possible round-of-16 spot.

How they qualified: Second in Group F

Romania had the best defensive record of all the qualifiers, having conceded just twice, but their group contained weak opponents. They finished unbeaten and four points clear of archrival Hungary but one behind group winner Northern Ireland.

How they'll proceed:

Four points should guarantee progress for most third-placed teams, so Romania, who are certainly draw specialists, will be eyeing a tie with France or Switzerland and a win against the Albanians. That is doable, but progress to the quarterfinals would depend on a kind round-of-16 opponent.

TBD by Editor
Romania scored just 11 goals in qualifying and will rely on a strong defence in France.

Predicted lineup:

(4-4-1-1); GK: Ciprian Tatarusanu; DF: Paul Papp, Vlad Chiriches, Dragos Grigore, Razvan Rat; MF: Gabriel Torje, Ovidiu Hoban, Mihai Pintilli, Bogdan Stancu; FW: Nicolae Stanciu, Florin Andone.

Key player: Vlad Chiriches 

Romania's game is predicated on keeping things stable in defence, so centre-back and captain Chiriches, now with Napoli, will be vital. His comfort on the ball also gives Romania the chance to build attacking moves.

Manager: Anghel Iordanescu

Now 65, Iordanescu is in his third stint with the national team. During his first, he oversaw a run to the last eight of the 1994 World Cup. The lack of attacking talent at his disposal now fits with the defensive tactics he tends to adopt.

Schedule:

June 10 vs. France (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade de France, Paris) 
-- LIVE on ESPN2

June 15 vs. Switzerland (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Parc des Princes, Paris)
-- LIVE on ESPN

June 19 vs. Albania (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade de Lyon, Lyon)
-- LIVE on ESPN2

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