However, the side responded in style in their second game as two goals from Alexandr Belousov earned Moldova a surprise 2-1 win over Cymru in Orhei, with Nathan Broadhead scoring the consolation goal. Despite the confidence from the victory, a 4-1 defeat to Belgium followed in Leuven a few days later.
The pandemic brought the campaign to a pause before the action resumed in September 2020, and Moldova would play their remaining five games in the space of three months. Another 4-1 defeat to Germany in Wiesbaden said more about the quality of the home side and eventual group winners, and Moldova responded with a credible 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina later that week, with Artur Crăciun equalising from the penalty spot in the final minutes. A 5-0 defeat to Germany followed in Chișinău in October, but once again their character shone through as Denis Furtună scored the only goal in a famous 1-0 victory over Belgium a few days later. However, the campaign would end in defeat as Cymru claimed a comfortable 3-0 win in Wrexham to leave Moldova bottom of the group in the final standings.