Belarus began their campaign last month with a 1-1 draw in Norway, while Moldova fell to defeats against Slovenia and Italy in their opening fixtures. On top of that disappointment, Serguei Dadu and Yuri Priganiuc were suspended for this game and Vladimir Lungu injured, while Aliaksandr Hleb was banned for Belarus due to a red card at last May's UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
 Home coach Anatoly Baidaychnyy had said an early goal would be a huge boost for his side, and his players took him at his word as they pressed from the off, Romashchenko shooting wide after just 25 seconds. Within a minute, Belarus won a dangerous free-kick but Romashchenko's clever shot was parried by Moldova goalkeeper Eugen Hmaruc.
 Moldova then settled down and on four minutes Yury Miterev headed on goal, but Vasily Khomutovski caught the ball. Ghenadie Olexic shot wide twice for the visitors, but as the half wore on Belarus wrested back control and just before the break Omelyanchuk's effort from 28 metres out surprised Khmaruk and found the net.
 The visitors pushed for an equaliser after the break but Belarus held firm, Khomutovski saving from Stanislav Ivanov in the 63rd minute. Baidaychnyy then decided to send on Bulyha for Kutuzov but, before he could make the change, the player due for substitution received a pass from Valentin Belkevich and shot in from six metres out.
 Two goals to the good, Belarus were now able to play with more freedom, and, with a quarter of an hour left, Bylyha - who eventually arrived for Kutuzov following his strike - scored a goal of his own after being set up by Romashchenko. In added time, Romashchenko made it 4-0 as he produced a deadly finish from Vladimir Korytko's cross.