Lithuania began well beating Romania 3-0 and Austria 2-0. The dream of qualification seemed possible until they were swept away by Serbia’s nouvelle vague. Three straight 1-0 defeats home and away to France and at home to Romania have probably ended Lithuania’s South African aspirations.
But as long as Raymond Domenech is the coach of France,
Lithuania (like Austria and Romania) continue to hope. If the stars are not aligned to Raymond's liking and France fail to get points from their
September fixtures against Romania and Serbia, Lithuania could find themselves
will it all to play for in October. Serbia may provide an accommodating final fixture opponent.
Jose Couceiro, Lithuania's journeyman Portuguese coach, will be sure to take his upcoming trip to Toftir seriously. He will need all of his violins.