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Romania Secures Historic 3-0 Victory Over Ukraine in Euro 2024

Romania ignited their Euro 2024 campaign with a incredible 3-0 victory against Ukraine, marking their first European Championship win in 24 years. This emphatic performance in the Group E opener showcased Romania's resurgence on the continental stage.

Photo: Vlad Indrei

Romania's success was built on spectacular long-range goals in each half, stunning Ukraine who had controlled the initial 20 minutes of Monday's match. Captain and standout performer Nicolae Stanciu fired a thunderous shot into the top right corner, giving Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin no chance. Midfielder Razvan Marin added a second with a powerful strike that slipped under Lunin's dive.

Despite Ukraine's dominance in possession early on, their failure to capitalize on chances proved costly. Romania absorbed the pressure efficiently and struck back with lethal counterattacks after regaining possession deep in their own half.

Coach Edward Iordanescu had promised a tenacious display from his players, and they delivered. The Romanian side, driven by their passionate supporters, showed relentless energy, flying into tackles and launching swift counterattacks.

The match's outcome was effectively sealed just before the hour mark when forward Dennis Man made a decisive run into the box from a corner, delivering a precise ball across the goal for Denis Drăguș to tap in.

Photo: Vlad Indrei

Romania's disciplined defense ensured Ukraine had few opportunities, securing only their second win in 17 European Championship matches. The first win was a memorable 3-2 victory over England at Euro 2000.

For Iordanescu, whose father Anghel led Romania to the 1994 World Cup quarterfinals, this victory was a fitting birthday present and a testament to the team’s unbeaten qualifying campaign, proving it was no fluke. Romania’s performance in Munich sends a clear message to their Euro 2024 rivals: they are a force to be reckoned with.

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