After five rounds of matches, Latvia has 12 points in the D1 group, and Moldova – ten points. Andorra has collected four points in four matches, while Liechtenstein has no points.
On September 25, the Latvian national team will close the tournament, playing away against Andorra.
The Latvian national team started the UEFA Nations League 2022/2023 season in June, winning four victories in four matches. First, Andorra was beaten 3-0 in Riga and Liechtenstein was defeated 1-0, Moldova was defeated 4-2 in Chisinau, and Liechtenstein was defeated 2-0.
Moldova, on the other hand, after winning the first game over Liechtenstein with 2:0, played 0:0 with Andorra and lost against Latvia. In the last match played, the national team of Moldova won 2:1 against Andorra.
Before Thursday’s match, the Latvian football team had not lost in eight games in a row.
Latvia had met with Moldova four times. In 2007, there was a 1:2 loss in a test match, but in the 2010 World Cup qualification, victories were won with 2:1 and 3:2. One success was also achieved in the Nations League game (4:2).
Latvia occupies the 129th place in the FIFA ranking, while Moldova is in the 177th position.
Compared to the June training camp, this time the national team does not have defender Mārča Oš, as well as midfielders Vladimir Kameš and Renār Varslavān. All other participants of the June training camp are at the coach’s disposal this time as well, as well as midfielder Krišs Kārkliņš, who has returned to the national team. For the first time in history, Maksims Toniševs has earned an invitation to the national team. On the other hand, forward Roberts Uldriķis could not help the team at least in the first of the two games in September due to an injury.
LFF announced that the task of the Latvian national team in the upcoming games is to win both matches, and to do so convincingly enough to be able to win the entire D League, not only in its group.
The first place in the competition of D League teams will give the opportunity to hope for a “play-off” ticket to the European Championship in the spring of 2024.
For this to happen, Latvia must, first of all, get more points and a better goal difference than the winner of Group D2 (Estonia or Malta), not taking into account the results against Liechtenstein. Secondly, it is to be hoped that at least 13 of the 16 teams playing at the same level, for example, thirteen of the sixteen national teams of the UEFA Nations A League, will win tickets to the final tournament in the qualification for the European Championship scheduled for 2023.