Romania-Ukraine (3-0): led by Stanciu, the Romanians knock out the Ukrainians for their entry into the Euro

Romania-Ukraine (3-0): led by Stanciu, the Romanians knock out the Ukrainians for their entry into the Euro

In a boiling Munich Arena, the 35,000 Romanian supporters loudly celebrate the success of their team. Romania, which was not necessarily the favorite at kick-off, made a resounding entry into Group E of Euro 2024 by crushing Ukraine (3-0).

The image of the Ukrainian players, all draped in their country’s flag during the national anthem, was poignant. But this overflow of emotion in a very particular context of war in their country perhaps caused them to be foiled. Ukraine actually came through in this derby (the two countries have a common border) against Romania, by multiplying defensive errors.

If Ukraine had generally had a better start (78% possession in the 1st half), they were punished by a missed restart from their goalkeeper Lunin, recovered by Dennis Man. Without control, captain Nicolae Stanciu found the top corner with a luminous strike (1-0, 29th) flashed at 116 km/h. For his 71st selection, the small (1.70 m) 31-year-old attacking midfielder, who now plays for Damac FC in Saudi Arabia, scored his 15th goal. Romania had not scored a goal in the game in its last seven played in a Euro. His two goals in 2016 were scored on two penalties converted by Stanciu, already…

On fire, Stanciu then came close to scoring an improbable double from a direct corner which found the crossbar (40th). But at the start of the second half, Romania scored a second goal, still with a long shot, with first intention. From 25m, Razvan Marin deceives a not very inspired Lunin (2-0, 53rd).

Ukraine will have to relaunch against Slovakia

Stunned, Ukraine multiplies its defensive errors and concedes, almost immediately, a third goal. Man’s center shot is taken over by Denis Dragus (3-0, 57th), 14 goals this season with Gaziantep (Turkey). The Romanians then managed their advantage perfectly. Technical leader of his team and best player of the match, captain Nicolae Stanciu was entitled to a nice ovation when he left the field (86th). Thanks to this very clear success, Romania takes a good option for qualification in this group E

Until then, Romania, which is participating in its 6th Euro, the first since 2016, had only won one match (3-2 against England in 2000) for 5 draws and 10 defeats. Ukraine will no longer have any room for error against Slovakia on Friday.

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