Euro 2016: Albania take on Romania in do-or-die battle

first_imgAfter a couple of solid defensive performances in defeats by Switzerland and France, Albania need to discover some scoring form against Romania, their Italian coach Gianni De Biasi said ahead of Sunday’s vital Euro 2016 Group A fixture.The Albanians held their own for long spells in the opening 1-0 loss to the Swiss and conceded late goals in a 2-0 reverse against hosts France, but they created precious little up front in either match.The Romanians also need to win the do-or-die fixture in Lyon to keep alive any hopes of progressing after a fortuitous 1-1 draw against the Swiss which followed a 2-1 defeat by France.”I believe we can qualify,” De Biasi told reporters as his team, who are at their first major tournament, prepared for what Romania striker Florin Andone described as a matter of “life and death”.”I think that if we are able to score the goals that we haven’t against Switzerland and France then we could get the three points that may get us into the knockout rounds,” said De Biasi.The 60-year-old De Biasi acknowledged that Albania needed to avoid lapses in concentration which cost them dearly in both defeats.Of the loss to France in Marseille, he said: “My team resisted right until the end but we didn’t defend throughout, especially in the first half and at the start of the second.”When you don’t take your chances and score goals, you don’t get big results. My team held up pretty well and we’re disappointed to concede a goal a minute from the end.”advertisementRomania’s Razvan Rat, midfielder Bogdan Stancu, the nation’s first player to score twice in a European Championship, and Mihai Pintilii are all expected to shake off minor knocks.Andone, dropped for the Swiss game after he was substituted against the French, could return to the starting line-up against the Albanians after his replacement Claudiu Keseru had a quiet game against Switzerland.”We must show the mentality of winners against Albania,” Andone told Romania’s Digi Sport television.”It will be very difficult because Albania are a very good team, they run a lot and are very aggressive.”But we are aware that a victory could send us through so we will give it a 100 percent effort.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Bhaya Group has launch

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBhaya Group has launched a new set of two-day-one-night and three-day-two-night itineraries for all three cruise brands: The Au Co Luxury Cruise, Bhaya Classic & Premium Cruises and Bhaya Legend Private Cruise.This new itinerary is the result of the group’s hard-working travel experts and travel consultants after extensive research. The new route aims to enhance the guest experience with less touristy and more pristine attractions in Halong Bay. Passengers will cruise further to remote corners of Halong Bay away from the popular and crowded areas, partly reducing tourist overload at these areas as well as indirectly minimising environmental pollution.Ba Ham Lake: Located about 25 kilometres from Tuan Chau International Passenger Port, the area comprisesthree round pits enclosed by limestone mountains. The pits are connected by narrow and dark tunnels, creating a perfect landscape for kayaking. This is also the best way to discover this area by paddling through limestone caves and enjoying the beach area found on the other side.Tien Ong Cave: Covering an area of nearly 1000 square metres, the cave offers stunning stalactites andstalagmites. In addition to its natural aesthetic value, Tien Ong Cave is also an archaeological site; studies of stone artefacts found within the cave have shown that humans inhabited the area 10,000-2000 BCE. Tien Ong Cave will intrigue both leisure travellers and history enthusiasts.Pearl farming in Tung Sau area: Halong pearls, which have been exported worldwide, are known for their perfection. During the Halong Bay cruise with Bhaya Group, guests will have the opportunity to visit a pearl farm, then complete their cruise with a hearty lunch in authentic Vietnamese style served right on the floating platform.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more