The Malta Independent 21 September 2019, Saturday

Euro 2020: Ianis Hagi says qualification depends on victory over Malta

Chris Cassar Saturday, 7 September 2019, 13:42 Last update: about 14 days ago

Young star Ianis Hagi, son of former Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi, said the Romania must beat Malta as qualification for Euro 2020 depends on this victory.

Hagi who came in as a substituted against Spain, said that the match against Spain was a disappointment but is now part of the past and wants to look forward for the forthcoming matches starting with the one in Ploiesti against Malta, and then the crucial ones against Sweden and Norway.

Hagi said that it will be a pity if they have to face the matches against Norway and Sweden behind closed doors because the supporters are an essential part of a football match, but he said that if this happens he is still confident that Romania can obtain the desired results.

He said that at the moment Romania has a very good blend of experienced players and youngsters like him and others who will be inserted from the Under-21 team and is convinced that Romania will shortly have a good squad which obtains positive results.

Asked about the famous number 10 his father Gheorghe used to wear, he said that he is not afraid to wear it, and one day he will. Ianis Hagi was born in Istanbul almost 21 years ago when his father was playing with Galatasaray.

Ianis started his career with Viitorul Constanta and in 2016 joined Serie A side Fiorentina. He remained for two seasons with Fiorentina but only made two appearances with the Viola before returning to Viitorul Constanta. However Hagi said that the experience with the Viola was very useful as he learned a lot in that period.

At the start of this season he joined Belgian side Genk and played four matches and scored one goal so far with the Belgian side. He said that he is looking forward to Genk's participation in the UEFA Champions League, especially the matches against current champions Liverpool and Serie A contenders Napoli.

He said he wished that Genk faced Ajax to face his great friend Marin, but he said it would be great if one day he will play in the Champions League alongside Marin. 


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