Euro 2024: Romania play 1-1 with Slovakia, overtake Belgium to top group E

Romania has reached the last 16 of the European championship for the first time in many years after playing out a 1-1 draw in their last Group E game on Wednesday.

Ondrej Duda scored first for Slovakia in the first 45 minutes but t Romania’s Razvan Marin equalised with a penalty before the interval.

Romania finished top having scored more goals than second-placed Belgium. the two other teams also finished on four points.

Slovakia went through in third place thanks to a superior goal difference to fourth-placed Ukraine.

Romania had only qualified once for the last 16 in their five Euro appearances, but Edward Iordanescu’s tenacious side have ended that long drought.

They responded to Iordanescu’s pre-match challenge to make “history” with a combative display fuelled by their army of vociferous fans, who turned the stadium into a sea of yellow.

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