Romania leaves Ukraine in the dust with 3-0 defeat

Mistakes at the back proved costly for the Ukrainians, who are now in deep trouble to go through the knock-out round

Romania opened their Euro 2024 campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Ukraine, thanks to a spectacular goal from captain Nicolae Stanciu.

The match, held in Munich, saw Romania initially struggling but gaining momentum after Stanciu’s wondergoal in the 29th minute. He capitalized on a poor clearance by Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, smashing the ball into the top corner from long range.

Following Stanciu’s goal, Romania took control of the game. Early in the second half, Razvan Marin extended the lead with a speculative strike that slipped under Lunin. Denis Dragus sealed the victory with a tap-in, ensuring a comfortable win for Romania and delighting the thousands of Romanian fans present.

This win positions Romania at the top of Group E and sets them up well for potential qualification to the knockout stages, as even three points were enough for a third-placed team to advance in Euro 2020. Ukraine, on the other hand, find themselves at the bottom of the group, with Belgium and Slovakia set to play later today. This victory marks Romania’s first win in the European Championship since 2000.

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