Rangers stars will feel brunt of UEFA injustice as home nation relegated

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2020

In a landmark move by UEFA that illustrates the increasingly thorny issue of Covid 19's impact on global football, Romania have been handed a 3-0 win over Norway after their Nations League match was cancelled due to the Norwegian authorities banning the country's national team from travelling to Bucharest.

Stephen Kenny's team must first get a win against Bulgaria in Dublin tonight but they also need Northern Ireland to beat Romania at home and for Serbia to win at home against Russian Federation.

Baraclough's side have lost four of their five Nations League games this campaign, with their only point coming in a 1-1 draw against the Romanians.

Northern Ireland have been consigned to relegation in the Nations League just hours before their clash against Romania on Wednesday.

Norway, who were told not to travel to Bucharest by their government after a positive test for coronavirus within their camp, were deemed to have forfeited the game, with Romania awarded a 3-0 win.

Baraclough says Northern Ireland play-off defeat '.

Norway are second in League B, Group 1, three points behind leaders Austria ahead of their final match in Vienna.

Romania consequently moved six points clear of bottom side Northern Ireland prior to their meeting at Windsor Park in the final round of matches in Group B1.

This consolidates the country's frustration in what has been a bitterly disappointing worldwide break which also saw Northern Ireland fall at the final hurdle against Slovakia.

Rangers winger Jordan Jones is also a regular in the Northern Ireland squads but missed out this time after being dropped due to a Covid-19 breach in the weeks running up to the fixtures.

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